The Other Christy by Oliver Phommavanh
Published by Penguin Australia
The Other Christy is a wonderful heartfelt read. Phommavanh takes us into the battlegrounds of a Year Four classroom while gently introducing us to war torn Cambodia.
Christy is parentless and is living with her clean freak OCD grandfather who cuts her hair. She can’t help but be perceived as odd. Not like Christie Owens who is mouthy, confident and has a great house. Christy is known as the Other Christy, the spare no one needs. She spends her time looking after the other lonely kids in the playground and keeping to herself.
Christy is encouraged by her aunty to woo the class and Christie with baking and sharing the most amazing cakes. She reveals she is the only one not to invited to Christie’s big birthday party.
But the party is a fiasco non-event and Christie finds herself on the outside of the classroom cliques. Christy approaches her and they strike up a tumultuous relationship that with a good dollop of cake and advice from her aunt eventually grows and flourishes into a great friendship.
Humorous, insightful and intense while covering the many themes of shifting classroom dynamics I highly recommend The Other Christy for eight and over.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Oliver Phommavanh
Title: The Other Christy
Publisher: Penguin Australia
Published: June 2016