A Read for Empathy Collection Choice, chosen by EmpathyLab
New town, new school, but the bully is in Ben’s head …
There are 4 things you should know about Ben:
1. He’s 12 years old
2. He’s the new kid at school
3. His special number is 4
4. He has a bully in his brain
Sometimes Ben’s brain makes him count to 4 to prevent bad things happening. Sometimes it makes him tap or blink in 4s. Mostly it makes the smallest things feel impossible. And with a new school, a moody big brother, an absent dad and a mum battling her own demons, Ben feels more out of control than ever.
But then he meets April, and with his new friend, Ben might finally figure out how to stand up to the bully in his brain, once and for all.
An authentic and affecting #ownvoices story about living life with OCD, from the inspiring author and mental health activist, Lily Bailey. Perfect for readers of A Kind of Spark and The Goldfish Boy.
Praise for When I See Blue:
‘With characters you will take to your heart and never want to leave, this is a heart-warming and joyous read about the importance of empathy and understanding.’ The Scotsman
‘This book deserves to sit alongside Wonder as a modern classic.’ Read and Reviewed blog
‘What Wonder (R.J. Palacio) does for people with physical deformity – When I see Blue will, without doubt, do for those with OCD … this is a story of hope.’ Sue Chambers, Waterstones bookseller