The OMG Blog by Karen McCombie

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The OMG Blog by Karen McCombie

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Category: Dyslexia Friendly
Rating: 4/5
Reviewer: Anne Thompson
Reviewed by Anne Thompson
Summary: A contemporary tale of school life perfect for those moving up to secondary school, this story, although light-hearted in tone, is full of warmth and the importance of family and friendship.
Buy? Yes Borrow? Yes
Pages: 192 Date: April 2016
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
External links: Author's website
ISBN: 978-1781125434

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In the first weeks of term at a new secondary school four good girls find themselves thrown together in detention. From this inauspicious beginning, a firm friendship develops as the girls, encouraged by their teacher to enter a blogging competition, find that they do have one very important thing in common…their embarrassing mums. The Our Mums Grrr blog is born!

When the girls write their blog posts describing their frustrations and irritations and advertise the blog in school it grows in popularity and as the Parents' Year 7 welcome evening looms the girls realise that keeping the blog and their outpourings secret from the mums themselves is going to be very, very difficult.

Every parent will be familiar with at least one or two of the OMG mums or even, horror of horrors, recognise herself as one. From the over-anxious PTA mum always hovering around at school, to the exuberant dancing mum there are some easily recognisable characters. But don't worry the criticisms are never cruel. It is made clear that the girls love their mums: it's just their embarrassing little foibles they despair of. Despite being a relatively quick read the characters, particularly the chief character Jessie, are well rounded and the story feels believable. There is humour and warmth in abundance and this is a very cheering read. I particularly liked the way in which the author managed to include a range of diverse families without it feeling contrived.

Karen McCombie has cleverly tapped into the huge appeal of blogger Zoella and others like her and this delightful story should be popular with girls of about 10 plus and in particular those making the transfer to senior school. The cover is eye-catching and as a school librarian, I feel this is most definitely a book with shelf appeal. There is a very useful section at the end of the book giving information about how to stay safe online too.

Last but not least, this title is part of the new Conkers range from Barrington Stoke who specialise in books that are suitable for children who are dyslexic and the typeface and colour of the paper are chosen specifically with this in mind. However, in my experience, this type of book is enjoyed by all sorts of readers especially those who, for whatever reason, simply enjoy a slightly shorter read. Thank you to Barrington Stoke for providing this review copy.

For another dyslexia-friendly book by Karen McCombie you may like to try Honey and Me

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