The Library by Bella Osborne is a wonderful, endearing story of an unlikely friendship between Tom Harris, an awkward 16 year old and Maggie Mann, a 72 years young pensioner.
Together they find ways to cope with what ever life throws at them.
Tom believes he is invisible, not actually invisible, but someone who is never noticed. His mother died when he was 8, and his Father, Paul, hasn’t coped with her death. Tom is finding it difficult to live with his father, who is now an alcoholic. Tom has plans to go to university, but his dad has plans for him to work at the local dog food factory.
Tom rather likes a girl in his class, he feels as if he turns into an over ripe vegetable when he tries to say hello. He remembers that his mother liked romance novels, so maybe if he reads some romance novels it will help him understand girls!
Tom joins the Compton Mallow Library. It turns out Tom is not invisible in the Library.
Maggie attends the library every Saturday. Not that she minds living alone on her farm on the edge of the village, but she missed company. Attending the library every week for Book Club has become important to her.
Maggie and the rest of the Book Club definitely notice Tom, as any male under the age of 60 is a rare sight in the library!
As Maggie leaves the library, she is mugged and her bag is stolen. Tom rushes to help her. The mugging is the most exciting thing that has happened in years to Maggie.
There is a connection between them and so begins their friendship.
Unfortunately, Maggie has a secret that she hopes Tom never discovers.
When the Compton Mallow Library is to be closed down, Maggie and Tom are right there leading the protest and the fight to keep their favourite space open. After all, it isn’t just a library, but the heart of their community.
The two friends learn so much from each other and their friendship changes both their lives.
Will they be successful in saving the library?
It is a wonderful story of two people whose lives have not been easy. The book is written with a lovely touch of humour and so easy to read.
It is a really enjoyable read. Thank you to head of Zeus for the opportunity to read this book.
Copy courtesy of Head of Zeus
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I love to read, any book on any topic. I now love ebooks as they are easier to store, I was running out of bookshelves! My other interests are family, gardening and our beautiful King Charles spaniel dog who is my reading companion.