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Summary

Bloomsbury presents The Light in Everything by Katya Balen, read by Louis Hill and Danielle Nott.

From the author of October, October comes a life-affirming story about blended families and learning to find room in your heart for new life and new love.

Tom is still quiet and timid, even though his dad has been gone for nearly two years now.

Zofia is the opposite. Inside her there’s a raging storm that makes her want to fight the whole world until she gets what she wants.

And what she wants is for scaredy-cat Tom to get out of her life. Tom hates loud, unpredictable Zofia just as much, but he’s moving into Zofia’s house. Because his mum and Zofia’s dad are in love…and they’re having a baby.

Tom and Zofia both wish the stupid baby had never happened. But then Tom’s mum gets ill, and it begins to look horribly like their wish might come true.

A story of learning to trust, trying to let go and diving into the unknown with hope in your heart, with a stunning cover illustrated by CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal winner Sydney Smith.

©2022 Katya Balen (P)2022 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Critic reviews

"This is Balen's best book yet: ambitious, funny, spirited, moving, heartfelt and bold all at once. She's a force to be reckoned with." (Ross Montgomery)

"This story literally took me by storm. A brave heart-dive into the deep emotions of Tom and Zofia, it’s beautifully told with care and tenderness." (Jasbinder Bilan)

"I loved this book. The deftness with which Katya creates such passionate, funny, broken, brave characters. What an achievement. Katya Balen can break your heart and make you snort with laughter in the same sentence." (Natasha Farrant)

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Katya Balen does it again!

Loved it as much if not more than October October 👏👏👏👏. The performance of the narrators chosen to read Tom and Zofia were very believable. I love how the author really tells the story from the children's perspective. Looking forward to the next one already!