The Weight of a Thousand Feathers

Brian Conaghan


July 2018

$16.99 AU

362p pb

ISBN: 978-1408889121

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The Weight of a Thousand Feathers by Brian Conaghan is an intense, thought provoking book that follows the story of 17-year-old Bobby Seed and his family. His mother has MS, a disease that has left her almost bedridden and is slowly getting worse and worse. Due to the absence of his dad, Bobby is forced into a carer role for not only his mum, but his younger brother.

The insight that this novel gave into the lives of young carers and the day to day hardship that they face is something that Iíve never been exposed to and is something that I believe everyone should educate themselves on. In saying this though, this book does contain strong language and adult themes and is not suitable for younger readers due to aspects including drug use, terminal sickness, death and sexual references. Short, interesting chapters make this book not only easy to read but easy to read very quickly. There are very few books that will stick with you throughout your whole life and help shape the person that you become, Iím sure that this will be one of those.

Chelsea, age 16

The Weight of a Thousand Feathers is an insightful and powerful novel written by Brian Conaghan. Bobby Seed is a 17-year-old carer who looks after his mother and younger brother, Danny. The novel follows Bobbyís struggles and hardships and how his life is turned upside down by a series of events.

The Weight of a Thousand Feathers deals with themes of love, pain and acceptance and how we should cherish moments of happiness. By putting the audience in the perspective of a Bobby Seed, the book has truly shown the difficulties of being a young carer and the challenges they face daily. The novel contains many sensitive and meaningful messages and is therefore recommended for adolescents. The Weight of a Thousand Feathers is fairly easy to read and ideal for those wanting a longer, influential story to read. The powerful and moving storyline emphasises the importance of having gratitude for the life you have.

Ally, Year 9

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