A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
The One Memory of Flora Banks gives readers a look at the emotional challenges faced by someone who's perceived as "different" — navigating a world that's often impatient or indifferent to people with challenges and trying to find their place in the lives of their friends and families. Teens who have a family member with early stage dementia or Alzheimer's will get a window into the daily life of someone who must use Post-it Notes, journals, photos, or write notes on their hands and arms to remember names, events, and even the faces of people they love.
Be brave. Embrace the adventures in your life.
Positive Role Models
Flora is smart, inventive, and tenacious. She tries to live up to her motto of "Be brave" almost every hour of her day. When given the chance to venture beyond the small safe world her parents have created for her, she finds the courage and confidence to do it.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Fiona and Drake kiss and exchange a few mildly explicit emails -- "I want to touch you and to feel your hands on my body" and "Your body is perfect, I know it is. If it wasn't such a creepy thing to do, I would ask you to send me a picture."
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Products & Purchases
Flora uses Post-it Notes to help her remember things. There are a few passing references to musical groups. Flora tries to find someone using Facebook and Twitter.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Flora and other teens drink wine at a party, but it's not illegal in England for teenagers to drink at home or on private premises. She drinks beer at a bar in Norway.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Emily Barr's The One Memory of Flora Banks is the story of a 17-year-old English girl who has anterograde amnesia. Flora can't remember anything that's happened to her since the age of 10. Not what happened a week before or even an hour before, until she kisses her best friend's boyfriend and creates a memory that stays with her. It's so powerful that Flora follows him to a small town on the Arctic Circle, certain he holds the key to unlocking her memory. But what she discovers shocks Flora and is certain to surprise readers. This is a "quick, turn the page I can't wait to see what happens next" psychological thriller without sex, violence, or profanity. An English import, it's already a big best-seller in Europe.
Is It Any Good?
This can't-put-it-down mystery/thriller is packed with secrets, lies, and unexpected twists that take readers from the coast of England to the icy reaches of the Arctic Circle. The pace of The One Memory of Flora Banks builds slowly and steadily and then quickens to an almost frenzied pace that mirrors Flora's emotional state as she reaches Norway and everything she (and the reader) think they know begins to crash down around her. Is she mad, off her meds, or the only one who knows the truth?
While readers may never have met anyone like Flora, author Emily Barr has made her an immediately likable and identifiable character with many of the same challenges faced by teens -- overprotective parents, quarrels with your best friend, the desire to be independent and find your own way.
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