Some books struggle to be seen. 

Like this one, recently published by @graffegbooks , a Welsh publishing company that is not afraid to tackle themes like diversity, grief, depression, disability.

Books that we all need and yet struggle to find a place in the sugar-coated world of social media.

The New Girl, is also a girl who struggles to be seen. 

She is a stranger: she moved from Japan to a British primary school and can’t speak a word of English. 

She is different, without language, she doesn’t exist as a human being.

But she has a special ability and her hands speak louder than words. 

As she responds to isolation and teasing with kindness and beauty, creating sophisticated origami, the children’s attitude towards her changes, as well as the vision they have of themselves.

An intense story of inclusion, opening and transformation, so beautifully illustrated by @cathyfisherart who is such an incredible visual storyteller.

I strongly recommend that you check the whole series written by Nicola Davies for Greffeg here


The New Girl [2020]

Written by Nicola Davies

Illustrated by Cathy Fisher

Published by Greffeg

Reading age: 5+

Themes: Diversity, Relationship with orhers

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