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Grade 4 – 6 Readers for English Home Language: Bloom


Bloom: The Surprising Seeds of Sorrel Fallowfield

by Nicola Skinner


  • Recommended class reader for grades 4 – 6
  • English Home Language & First Additional Language
  • Pages: 384
  • ISBN: 9780008297404

A beautifully written, incredibly original and wickedly funny novel for readers of 10 and older – BLOOM is for everyone who has ever felt like they didn’t fit in, and for anyone who has ever wanted a little more colour and wildness in their lives…

Sorrel Fallowfield is growing up – in a REALLY surprising way…

Sorrel Fallowfield is so good at being good that teachers come to her when they need help remembering the school rules – and there are LOTS.

Luckily, Sorrel doesn’t have any trouble following them, until the day she discovers a faded packet of Surprising Seeds buried under a tree in her backyard.

Now she’s hearing voices, seeing things, experiencing an almost unstoppable urge to plant the Seeds in some very unusual places… and completely failing to win her school’s competition to find The Most Obedient Child of the School.

And all that’s before flowers start growing out of her head…

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Review of Bloom by Nicola Skinner.

“Bloom” is a novel written by Nicola Skinner. The book tells the story of a young girl who discovers that she has the ability to bring plants back to life. As she learns to control her powers, she must also navigate the challenges of growing up, including family dynamics and first love.

One of the strengths of “Bloom” is the way it combines fantasy and realism to create an engaging and relatable story. The idea of a girl who can bring plants back to life is fantastical, but the story is grounded in the everyday struggles and joys of growing up. Sorrel is a relatable and likable protagonist, and readers will find themselves rooting for her as she navigates the challenges of growing up.

The book also deals with themes of family, love, and self-discovery. Sorrel’s relationship with her family is complicated, but it is also deeply loving. Her growing feelings for her best friend, and her struggles to understand them, add an additional layer to the story and make it more relatable.

The book is suitable for readers aged 12 and above, as it deals with some mature themes such as first love and coming of age. The story is written in an engaging and easy-to-read style, making it accessible to a wide range of readers.

Overall, “Bloom” is a well-written and engaging novel that combines fantasy and realism to create a story that is both fanciful and relevant. The book offers valuable lessons about family, love, and self-discovery, and it is a great choice for readers looking for a thought-provoking and entertaining read.