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Everyone- except Fleur- ignores Jacques Papier. He can’t help feeling that everyone-except Fleur- hates him. However, Jacques is completely shocked when he finds out that he is not her brother, but Fleur’s imaginary friend.
This is a lovely book in which our hero, Jacques, is a very likeable character and it is not immediately obvious that he is the imaginary friend of the title! The chapters are mainly short and easily achievable, making this an accessible read whilst offering challenge through some of the themes explored.There is a lovely feel to the story with many opportunities for discussions about friendship, love and the importance of identity and belonging.
Full of amusing moments, this book is also touching and emotional in places as Fleur releases Jacques to find out who he really is and he embarks on a voyage of discovery, helping others as he helps himself. The conclusion of the story is just as it should be!
An excellent, satisfying read which will offer much to discuss and challenge.
Confessions of an Imaginary Friend by Michelle Cuevas
Simon and Schuster ISBN: 978-1471145506