Millie Hardiman & the Red Parrot Fever by Eddie Owens – Book Review
Millie Hardiman & the Red Parrot Fever by Eddie Owens – Book Reviewed by Stacey
Pages – 131
Release Date – 24th July 2016
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
Millie Hardiman is a thirteen year old from Bognor Regis, with a wild imagination, who dreams of becoming a writer. When Millie’s scriptwriter Dad, Barry, has writer’s block, Millie becomes his muse for the daytime television soap, Double Top.
After her success on Double Top, Millie creates a Sci-Fi, teen drama, The Adventures of Martian Girl. Millie falls in love for the first time with Wolf Van Der Beek, an arrogant, South African child actor.
This is a story about friendship, first love and growing up.
Thirteen year old Millie is a natural storyteller. She has a story ready to burst out of her at any given moment, and for any situation. Unfortunately for mum Gwen, she often finds herself playing the baddie in Millie’s stories. From brutal owner of the local orphanage, who beats the children, to a drink driving mum who killed her daughter, Gwen sometimes finds her daughter’s stories hard going.
But Millie’s imaginative, and eccentric brain come into use when her scriptwriter father hit the dreaded writer’s block. Between the two of them, they make a success of ‘Double Top’ the TV programme, and move on to bigger and better productions, such as Martian Girl.
Upon meeting the lead child actor in the new series, Wolf Van Der Beek, Millie finds herself in her first romance, but is Wolf really being honest with her, or using her?
Millie Hardiman and the Red Parrot Fever, is a fun, laugh-out loud children’s/YA book. Millie, although obviously very bright and articulate, and an exceptional storyteller, can sometimes push the boundaries too far with her stories, and upset people, especially her mum.
The book is a page turner, and had me intrigued from the start. The family dynamics, and friendships, as well as the budding romances, give this book a deeper feel to it than that of a children’s book.
A superb book, that I’m sure will make lots of children giggle from beginning to end, especially as the plot is as imaginative as Millie is!!
Book reviewed by Stacey