Sarah Crossan Toffee


Code 9781408868133
The outstanding novel from the incomparable, multi-award-winning and Laureate na nOg Sarah Crossan; thought-provoking and incredibly moving, it explores mental health and friendship while asking what it means to be a family.
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Author: Sarah Crossan

Date Published: 06-Feb-2020

I am not who I say I am. Marla isn't who she thinks she is. I am a girl trying to forget. Marla is a woman trying to remember. Allison has run away from home and with nowhere to live finds herself hiding out in the shed of what she thinks is an abandoned house. But the house isn't empty. An elderly woman named Marla, with dementia, lives there – and she mistakes Allison for an old friend from her past called Toffee. Allison is used to hiding who she really is, and trying to be what other people want her to be. And so, Toffee is who she becomes. After all, it means she has a place to stay. There are worse places she could be. But as their bond grows, and Allison discovers how much Marla needs a real friend, she begins to ask herself –where is home? What is a family? And most importantly, who am I, really?

About the Author
Sarah Crossan has lived in Dublin, London and New York, and now lives in Hertfordshire. She graduated with a degree in Philosophy and Literature before training as an English and drama teacher at the University of Cambridge. Sarah is the current Laureate na nOg (Ireland's Children's Literature Laureate). @SarahCrossan
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Impossible not to read it in a single gulp * The Times *
Utterly sublime * Cecelia Ahern *
Compelling and beautifully wrought * The Sunday Times *
A book that changes its reader for the better * Guardian *
Undoubtedly one of the best books of the year * Irish Times *
One of our most original writers * John Boyne *
Very special * Daily Mail *
Winner of the Honour Award for Fiction in the KPMG Ireland Children's Books Awards 2020, Toffee is lyrical and compelling, with Crossan's style beautifully balancing trauma and frustration, with heart-warming moments and glimpses of humour * Paper Lanterns *
This is a tense read, as two vulnerable characters struggle to maintain their autonomy in a precarious world. There are no happy endings, but the reader feels that Allison/Toffee's commitment to education will be her salvation * CBI Mind Yourself 2020 Reading Guide *

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