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Publisher's Summary

Meet Jackson - a very unusual boy in a world that prefers 'normal'....

Julia Curtis is a busy mother of three, with a husband often away for work, an ever-present mother-in-law, a career, and a house that needs doing up. Her 14-year-old daughter, Milla, has fallen in love for the first time, and her youngest, Ruby, is a nine-year-old fashionista who can out-negotiate anyone. 

But Julia’s 11-year-old son, Jackson, is different. Different to his sisters. Different to his classmates. In fact, Jackson is different from everyone. And bringing up a child who is different isn’t always easy.

Then, one Monday morning, Jackson follows his new friend Digby into the school toilets. What happens inside changes everything; not only for Jackson, but for every member of his family. Julia faces the fight of her life to save her unusual boy from a world set up for ‘normal’. 

An extraordinary boy. The mother who loves him. The fight of their lives.

Best-selling novelist Fiona Higgins returns with a heart-stopping, devastating, but ultimately uplifting story about loyalty, love and forgiveness.

©2020 Fiona Higgins (P)2020 Boldwood Books Ltd

Critic Reviews

"An Unusual Boy is the gripping tale of an exceptional, misunderstood child. I found myself glued to this book from start to finish. While reading it, you can’t help but become Jackson’s mother, and the mother of every child who is misunderstood in our society. This book will get people talking for sure." (Sally Hepworth best-selling author of The Mother-in-Law and The Family Next Door)

"An Unusual Boy is a beautifully-written book and a page-turner, but it’s the powerful descriptions of family relationships and friendship, both toxic and supportive, that will stay with me. Ultimately uplifting and hugely emotional, this is a wonderful and unusual book." (Louise Douglas, best-selling author of The House by the Sea)

"A tender-hearted story of loving patience triumphing in the face of impossible odds. Original, engaging and beautifully written." (Amanda Brookfield)

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amazing

I can't remember the last time I enjoyed a book so much. also great narration.

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Couldn’t stop listening

Loved this so much. Loved Jackson. Complex and heartwrenching issues handled in such an intelligent and engaging way. This is Fiona Higgins’ best book yet. And I will definitely listen to more books narrated by Melle Stewart too.

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  • 11-15-21

Outstanding

A deeply touching, profoundly honest story. A definite must-read for anyone who has, or works with children. The story touches on deeply sensitive topics, but in a positive and moving way. My favourite read this year!

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  • 03-03-21

Enjoyed

Really enjoyed this book. Was a bit worried about the kids voices at first but this narrator was excellent at doing all the voices. Will look for other books narrated by them.

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  • Sues
  • 03-01-21

Beautiful story

well written and told beautifully a few tears and laughter all the way, a good listen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-15-20

wonderful

Fabulous! had me hooked from beginning to end The narrator did an amazing job🥰 well done

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  • Peter M McKelvie
  • 12-20-21

Wonderful Story - Real, Happy, Sad and Hilarious

Wow, what a wonderful book. Listened to this as an audiobook. Had me hooked very early. Surprised me, amused me and made me sad and happy. Such a great book with incredible insight into the characters involved. Would highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-19-21

wonderful story

I loved this books perspective from both sides and the way it was beautifully read

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-21-21

Outstanding!

A great story. Very entertaing. Highly recommend this. The narrator is outstanding! iIt was difficult to know when to take a break from listening. well done!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-02-21

We are all special

A thoughtful insightful look at an unusual boy who showed me that everyone has potential and a right to be themselves.