The Bubble Boy
2016. A fine, unmarked copy.
Winner of the 9+ catergory of the Sainsbury's Children's Book Award and shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award Amir is mad. He's crazy. But the hospital wouldn't let a crazy person in. They must have interviewed him and checked his qualifications. But maybe he didn't even meet them? Maybe he hasn't even come from India. He might have arrived on an alien spaceship and snuck in here in the middle of the night. Eleven-year-old Joe can't remember a life outside of his hospital room, with its beeping machines and view of London's rooftops. His condition means he's not allowed outside, not even for a moment, and his few visitors risk bringing life-threatening germs inside his 'bubble'. But then someone new enters his world and changes it for ever. THE BUBBLE BOY is the story of how Joe spends his days, copes with his loneliness and frustrations, and looks - with superhero-style bravery, curiosity and hope - to a future without limits. Expect superheroes, super nurses and a few tears from this truly unique story. 'Poignant, hopeful and heartbreaking' Fiona Noble - Children's Editor, The Bookseller 'Deeply moving and utterly gripping . . . Stewart Foster carries off an astonishing feat of storytelling in this exceptional book' Julia Eccleshare, lovereading.co.uk 'A gripping and deeply moving book' Jamila Gavin, author of Coram Boy 'One thing we know about good books is their amazing ability to inspire empathy in the reader; to explore ideas and viewpoints that arise from experiences that are out of our own realm. The Bubble Boy does this with warmth, quirkiness and a light-hearted touch.' The Guardian
Winner of Sainsbury's Children's Book Awards: Fiction for Age 9+ 2016.
'I liked The Bubble Boy because I think the storyline is very good and original. My favorite character is Amir because he is cool and quirky. I think it’s aimed at older readers that like diary-like storylines. I like how Joe, who is the main character, lives in the hospital and gets to do whatever he wants - besides going outside. It’s quite sad that he can’t go outside without dying. I believe Bubble Boy is extremely good and highly recommend it for 10 to 14 year olds. It gets 4 out of 5 stars'- Jacob, 10. 'Poignant, hopeful and heartbreaking' The Bookseller 'A gripping and deeply moving book' -- Jamila Gavin, author of Coram Boy 'Brimming with heart and soul, The Bubble Boy is a life-affirming story of a boy with superhero-sized dreams who longs for a chance to be brave. I cheered and cried and hoped - for Joe, and for the amazing people in his life who care enough to be heroes right alongside him. Simply wonderful.' -- Jenn Bennett, author of Night Owls
Stewart Foster is the author on one novel for adults, WE USED TO BE KINGS (Cape, 2013). He was one of the Observer's New Faces of Fiction for 2014 and one of Amazon's Rising Stars the same year. He lives in Bath.