Binny Keeps a Secret

Hilary McKay

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Hodder Children's Books


From the winner of the Costa Children's Book Award 2018.

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's beloved chickens vanishes and Binny finds strange footprints in the mud. What kind of creature is lurking in the undergrowth?

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The authenticity of family life and the intensity of childhood emotions shine through the pages of this warm, thought-provoking book

Daily Mail

McKay continues to enthrall readers with her vigorous blend of screwball comedy and heartfelt emotion

Horn Book Magazine

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


McKay depicts families in all thier particular and universally recognisable eccentricity as entertainingly as any contemporary children's writer

The Sunday Times