Me, My Dad and the End of the Rainbow By Benjamin Dean.

Photo from Twitter.

I saw this book on Twitter and loved the sound of it, then was fortunate enough to be approved for an early copy from Netgalley. I feel so inspired reading middle grade books at the moment and think they might be my new favourite! I've only written one so far myself, but a week or so ago another idea popped into my head, which hasn't happened for a wise! :p I love it when inspiration hits! 

The Blurb.

My name’s Archie Albright, and I know two things for certain:
1. My mum and dad kind of hate each other, and they’re not doing a great job of pretending that they don’t anymore.
2. They’re both keeping a secret from me, but I can’t figure out what.

Things aren't going great for Archie Albright. His dad's acting weird, his mum too, and he all he wants is for everything to go back to normal, to three months before when his parents were happy and still lived together. When Archie sees a colourful, crumpled flyer fall out of Dad's pocket, he thinks he may have found the answer. Only problem? The answer might just lie at the end of the rainbow, an adventure away. 

Together with his best friends, Bell and Seb, Archie sets off on a heartwarming and unforgettable journey to try and fix his family, even if he has to break a few rules to do it...

My Review.

Firstly, I love that this book exists and I love that more books about the LGBTQ+ community are being published. It makes me happy knowing that kids can start to read these stories and learn from a young age that we are all humans and no matter who we love we should all be treated equally.

I enjoyed the way 'Me, My Dad and the End of the Rainbow,' was written, because it felt to me like Archie was very relatable to young kids nowadays who may be picking up this book not knowing much about Pride and the LGBTQ+ community. Archie was funny and emotional and what he was going through and discovering was very informative and done in such a way that I think kids will take to and learn from. I think this is so important. While Archie might be going through such a BIG problem at the time, I hope reading this book will make kids realise that it's not actually a BIG problem really and therefore start to see the world through a multi-coloured lens, thus creating a better, more equal future. 

This book had adventure and excitement in all the right places, with humour that made me laugh out loud, but it also dealt with family issues, school and home life sensitively and lovingly. Not to mention the messages to kids about not trying this at home and staying safe - I think my heart was in my mouth for a good portion of the end of the book!! I forget what it's like to be 12 and how young that is! 

With memorable characters - I had a soft spot for Oscar, an engaging storyline and a wonderful, wonderful message to tie it all together, I highly recommend this book for young and old readers alike. I would really love to see it in school libraries too! Congratulations Benjamin Dean on a brilliant debut with 'Me, My Dad and the End of the Rainbow.'

Happy Reading!

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