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The Distance Between Me and the Cherry Tree

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What to expect

Mafalda is a nine-year-old girl who knows one thing: some time in the next six months her sight will fail completely. Can Mafalda find a way through a seemingly dark future and still go to school, play football and look after her beloved cat? With the help of her family, and her friends, Mafalda needs to discover the things that will be important to her when her sight has failed. A moving, empowering tale of courage and determination that will inspire young and old.

A novel for all ages about a young girl losing her sight, inspired by the author’s own life story. For fans of Wonder, The Little Prince and The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly.

‘A simply told, bitter-sweet story, with a powerful poetic message’ – Jacqueline Wilson

Critics Review

  • A simply told, bitter-sweet story, with a powerful poetic message

    Jacqueline Wilson
  • This beautiful book is a must-read for any family that has recently received a diagnosis of sight loss. It’s a modern-day fable that will help adults and children, friends and family understand and come to terms with life-changing health issues

    Connect Radio
  • Must Read

    Saturday Express Magazine
  • A captivating, wise and highly visual children’s novel

    Observer Magazine
  • No matter what age, readers are bound to tear up at this beautifully written novel… Whether you are looking for a book to read together, something to recommend to a child, or a short novel that offers a unique perspective, Mafalda’s story will stay with you long after you have finished reading it

    Happiful Magazine
  • Tender and thought-provoking, with a powerful but unforced message

    Book Trust

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