Hurricane Wills by Sally Grindley is one book that I managed to read all 256 pages from start to finish in a single sitting. The book is about how Chris and his parents deal with his elder brother Will who suffers from ADD.
The two brothers, Chris and Will, have a love hate relationship as Chris strives for some normalcy in his life and Will tries his best to fit in without getting into too much trouble on a daily basis.
Target to reader age 9 and up, the 2 chapters in the book brings the reader into the family through the eyes of Chris, the long suffering younger brother of Will who has to put up with all his antics. Will is liken to a hurricane as one never knows when he will blow up or act silly. One minute he is like any other thirteen year old while the next minute he could be throwing a tantrum like a 2 yr old when he doesn’t get what he wants.
His disorder causes a lot of tension within the family and as a result his parents split so they can have some space and time away from Will. Chris too tries to find time and space away from his elder brother by holing up in the library to do his homework after school instead of going home. He manages to find some solace by confiding with Penny the librarian.
Things start to change when Will got into a brush with the law when he befriends some delinquents who have been going on a stealing spree.
I like how Sally gives the reader a realistic view into a family where a child is diagnosed with ADD. The family manages to stick together and overcome the crisis which they had to face. It shows that even children with disabilities are able to lead semi-normal lives with their family and capable of showing love and affection.
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Disclaimer: I recieved a copy of Hurricane Wills by Sally Grindley for review purposes. All opinions are 100% my own.
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