Mr. Nobody by Natalie Gordon
15th – 26th August
Age: Middle grade, 9+
When nine-year-old Katie’s gran comes to live with the family, Katie is forced to share a room with her moody big sister, Lou. They soon discover that Gran has an imaginary, mischievous friend, Mr. Nobody. Before long, stockings are found cooking in the oven and Gran is found wandering the streets in her nightie, singing along to Elvis.
Then, one day, Gran does something that changes everything …
Told through the eyes of nine-year-old Katie and her gran, Vera, Mr. Nobody explores how a family struggles to cope with the descent of the grandmother into Alzheimer’s. With some moments of danger and scariness, there are also moments of tenderness and humor. Mr. Nobody was long listed in The Tim es/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition
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Trying to explain Alzheimer’s to a child is very difficult; it’s hard enough for adults to grasp. This journey is also happening in my family. When the Gran of this family moves in, two sisters must now share a bedroom. Lou and Katie are very surprised at this development and very unhappy. The book shares many scary and sometimes funny family experiences in which Gran sank deeper into Alzheimer’s. Mr. Nobody was the person Gran blamed when she did something wrong, such as: burning her stockings in the oven and almost burning down the house.