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At the End of Holyrood Lane

Written by Dimity Powell & illustrated by Nicky Johnston
Published by EK Books
Goodreads Rating - 3.8 / 5.0
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Flick is just like any other youngster. She loves to chase butterflies and jump in autumn leaves. But life at the end of Holyrood Lane is often violent and unpredictable due to the constant storms that plague her home, causing her to cringe with dread and flee whenever they strike. Visually arresting, emotionally incisive, and ultimately uplifting, this beautifully crafted picture book provides a sensitive glimpse into one aspect of domestic violence and how it can affect young lives.

What Kind of Book is At the End of Holyrood Lane

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Quotes from This Book

  • “Flick lives beneath the beech woods at the end of Holyrood Lane.”
  • “Whenever angry clouds muscle in and wild winds bully the curtains, she hopes with all her heart they will just blow over.”
  • “Sometimes, it rains.”

What Questions Should I Ask My Child

  • What is your first impression of Flick?

  • What do you think Flick was afraid of and why?

  • Can you name some of the fears or things that worry you?

  • What things can you do to overcome your fears and make you feel better?

  • How did Flick overcome her fears?

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Who Wrote At the End of Holyrood Lane

Dimity Powell
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To Read, Write and Inspire sum up Dimity’s main passions in life, along with sailing on the beam, eating ice cream and writing in her diary – although doing all three at once makes her nauseous. She’s a Kids’ Lit nut, living, breathing and reading it for huge chunks of her day. She weaves words into story webs for anthologies, digital narratives, junior novels, reading apps and most gratifyingly, into picture books.

When she’s not wrangling words, she’s reviewing, managing a team of reviewers for Kids’ Book Review or sharing her love of story in front of crowds of very small people. It says so on her website, so it must be true. She loves rain and is never ever afraid of getting wet.

Dimity lives just around the corner from Bat Man on the Gold Coast, Australia although they never hang out. Such is the life of children’s authors and superheroes.

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Who Illustrated At the End of Holyrood Lane

Nicky Johnston

Nicky Johnston is a primary educator, speaker and children’s book author and illustrator. Passionate about raising awareness of the importance of children’s emotional well-being, Nicky has written books to help children deal with anxiety and develop resilience. She is an experienced public speaker and presents at parent forums, seminars and conferences. Her illustration style is described as whimsical, playful, narrative, emotive and dreamy. She works mainly in watercolor, ink and pencil. She also produces work digitally using a variety of illustration software. Nicky’s first children’s book Go Away, Mr Worrythoughts! was adapted into a theatrical production. For five years the show has been performed at primary schools throughout Victoria, educating children dealing with anxiety and helping to develop a healthy resilience. For four years, Nicky was the Creative Director of 52-week Illustration Challenge Facebook group. This online Illustration Challenge inspires a community of artists and illustrators to create artwork using weekly theme prompts while providing a safe and encouraging environment for personal artistic development.

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What Has Dimity Powell Said About This Book

  • What inspired the story behind this book?

    Flick’s story was inspired by a suggestion from a leading Children’s charity and crisis centre; in response to their plea for more mainstream picture books that addressed the taboo topic of domestic violence.

What Has Nicky Johnston Said About This Book

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What Do Critics Say About This Book

  • Starred Review

    Vivid language and personification heighten the intensity of the storms, giving them force and raging emotions. The watercolor illustrations that accompany the text fill the pages, leaving no space without a purpose.Expressive illustrations and text rich with poetic vocabulary share a sensitive story with a message about asking for help when a situation feels scary.

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Book Details

Publication Date:
September 4, 2018
Text Details:
Lemonade Bold 23 on 24pt
Illustration Details:
The artwork for this book was created with water colours.
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