CBBC Office: Book Club: Binny for Short
For this week's Book Club meeting, I've been reading Binny for Short by Hilary McKay.
You can read my decription and review below. Sahre your thoughts:
Have you read Binny For Short?
Who were your favourite characters?
Were you expecting it to end how it did?
How did the book make you feel?
I’d love to know what you think! Join in with my chat below and you can also suggest books for us to read in the future here.
Binny For Short is about a girl called Belinda (Binny for short) who moves to a house in Cornwall that has been left to her in her Aunt Violet’s will. Binny never really got along with her Aunt Violet – at least not since Belinda’s father died and Aunt Violet thought it a good idea to send away the family dog, Max, to another home. Binny loved Max and has missed him and resented Aunt Violet ever since.
However, things start to change when she moves into the new house and it seems Aunt Violet must have liked Belinda after all; she specifically wanted to leave all of her belongings to her. Binny tries to solve the mystery of Aunt Violet’s generosity whilst trying to track down Max and going on various adventures with Gareth, her new ‘enemy-next-door’.
I really enjoyed ‘Binny For Short’ and, even though it doesn’t sound like anything especially dramatic happens, I couldn’t put it down! Hilary McKay is very good at writing brilliant, believable characters. I particularly enjoyed Binny’s relationship with Gareth next door – he is her enemy, not her friend, right from the first moment they meet!
One of my favourite characters is Binny’s little brother James, who has a fascination with wanting to have his own farm and is always trying to acquire animals! Binny also has an older sister called Clem, and what I love about this book is that the family members all love and care about each other. They’re a normal family, but they are still interesting and engaging.
The book is very well-written and will keep you coming back to it because you too will care about the characters and want to find out how they develop and follow their ups and downs. You really hope that something good will happen to them. McKay’s portrayal of family life may remind you a bit of your family or people you know. This is nice, warm reading to enjoy in bed or on a Saturday afternoon when it’s raining (or at any other time, of course…)!
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