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  • Binny in Secret

  • By: Hilary McKay
  • Narrated by: Jilly Bond
  • Length: 5 hrs and 36 mins
  • 5.0 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)

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Summary

With her awful secondhand uniform and stuck-up classmates, Binny's new school is horrible. And life gets even worse when a storm damages the roof of her house, forcing Binny and her family to move to the countryside whilst it's being fixed.

Binny; her sensible older sister, Clem; and her rambunctious brother, James (and his chickens) begin adjusting to life in the country. Then one of James' beloved chickens vanishes, and Binny finds strange footprints in the mud. What kind of creature is lurking in the undergrowth?

©2015 Hilary McKay (P)2015 Oakhill Publishing

Critic reviews

" ...the intensity of childhood emotions shine through the pages of this warm, thought-provoking book." (Daily Mail)
"With masterful comic timing McKay spins a whirl of horrifying yet hilarious admissions, mishaps, tart exchanges, and domestic tempests, as well as profoundly affecting discoveries and epiphanies, around her intense, sensitive, impulsive protagonist." (Kirkus)
"McKay depicts families in all thier particular and universally recognisable eccentricity as entertainingly as any contemporary children's writer." (The Sunday Times)
"Binny is a wonderful creation, impetuous, stubborn, awkward, generous, an irresistible character. Hilary McKay tells her story with wit, warmth and extraordinary insight and perception.... Reading McKay gives us all entry to those childhood moments of perfect sunlit present." (Books for Keeps)
"This book is optimistic, clever, beautifully written and very, very amusing. It really is a book you shouldn't miss." (Bookbag)

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I listened to this with my 11 year old and 14 year old and we all really enjoyed it.