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The Stories Grandma Forgot (and How I Found Them)

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25th May 2023

Price: £7.99

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Selected: ebook / ISBN-13: 9781510111585

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‘One of those books that truly makes the world a better place.’ Sophie Anderson, author of the House with Chicken Legs

From acclaimed poet Nadine Aisha Jassat comes a gripping mystery… “Grandma Farida is losing her memory – but I’m going to help her remember a huge secret.”

Twelve-year-old Nyla’s dad died when she was four, or that’s what she’s been told. So when Grandma Farida insists she saw him in the supermarket, Nyla wonders if she is ‘time-travelling’ again – the phrase she uses when Grandma forgets.

But when Grandma asks Nyla to find her dad and bring him home, Nyla promises that she will.

As Nyla sets out on her journey, she hopes that uncovering the past will help her to understand the mystery at the heart of her family … and to work out who she is.

A page-turning verse novel about memory and identity, and a bond that soars above all else.

‘A beautiful read about love, family, identity and worth.’ Hannah Gold, author of The Last Bear

‘A tender story about the meaning of life and love and loss.’ Katya Balen, author of October, October


The Herald Scotland
A rich verse novel, with a family mystery to unravel at its core
The Guardian
Eloquent, affecting verse novel
Irish Independent
A warm, funny and moving verse novel
Sophie Anderson in The Daily Express
A captivating verse novel about family and identity, full of warmth and wisdom
Kirsten (13 years old) - Books Up North
This was an engaging poetry book about Nyla Elachi finding out who she truly was...I really enjoyed reading it...the characters were well rounded and described. They felt like they were standing next to me...I also found myself wanting to turn and talk to Jess and Ray, Nyla's friends, even after I'd put the book down. I liked reading this book a lot. I finished it in a flash, not just because of the appealing story line, but because of the form
People's Friend Magazine
Thoughtful and sensitive...a gripping but heart-warming tale
Maisie Chan in The Guardian
I have just finished a new verse novel by Scottish-based poet and debut children's author Nadine Aisha Jassat. The Stories My Grandma Forgot (and How I Found Them) is not like anything I have read for this age group (9-11-year-olds). I thought it would be an emotional book about dementia, but it's a very pacy book with a mystery - or two! - happening at the same time. Verse novels are great for young readers, there is a lot of white space on the page and the word count is often shorter than prose books. I read this in two days, it was hard to put down. The verse aspects were visually intriguing and playful.
Through the Bookshelf blog
This is such a powerful, emotive story. Nyla is delightful character whose relationship with her grandmother is captured with such warmth and love...her love for the person her grandmother was, and is, shines through, creating some deeply poignant moments, encouraging empathy for their situation...the story works so well as a verse novel, sensitively exploring Nyla's emotions as events unfold...truly captivating!'
K and O Bonkers About Books blog
A glorious read
Scottish Booktrust
The Stories Grandma Forgot is half captivating mystery, half love letter to family, empathy, and the things that make life joyous...heart-wrenching and heart-warming in equal measure - one that will stay with you long after you've turned the final page
The Bookseller
An amazing verse novel about the power of memory and a bond between grandmother and granddaughter
My Shelves Are Full blog
A powerful and empathy laden story of an inter-generational family, a mixed heritage girl discovering racism and the hunt for truths...the characters in this story are beautifully written and they leap off the page and into the heart of the reader. Their relationships are real - filled with promises, occasional let-downs but always love. I love the librarian and the role she plays in Nyla's world, bringing hope, understanding, empathy and strength to her. The format of this verse novel is wonderful. You can't skim or skip words as each one is specific and necessary. The entire story is threaded with words that are as important as Nyla's quest. Empathy building, relatable and important - coming in May, this is a vital story
Read and Reviewed blog
That's ok, Nadine, I didn't need my heart today, which is lucky as you've broken it. (I mean, you put it back together, but still) This is a beautiful amazing's almost deeper than a prose book would be...a wonderful story that needs to be on every school bookshelf. Fantastic