Sarah Crossan, Ireland’s children’s laureate, has brought poetry and lyricism to the lives of teenagers with her powerful novels, written as long prose poems, about chewy subjects such as conjoined twins (the Carnegie medal-winning One) and the death penalty (Moonrise). She is the princess of pacing and her stories tackle heavy issues while remaining light on their feet.Toffee, also written as a prose poem, deals with abuse and dementia. Not a barrel of laughs, then, but Crossan always finds humour and humanity in the darkness; it’s impossible not to read it in a single gulp.
The Irish children’s laureate has won multiple awards for her young-adult novels in blank verse...
This is a compelling and beautifully wrought book about kindness and cruelty, compassion and self-interest, and it lodges deep.
Though Toffee is a pain-filled story, it is also hopeful and profoundly moving; laced with old hurts and small kindnesses, it’s a book that changes its reader for the better.