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The New Friend by Jenny Colgan

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In a nutshell: reassuring funny story about overcoming shyness and making friends | Polly is starting big school but not looking forward to it. She wishes she could take Neil, her puffin, with her. In a nice touch we see that mum is feeling a bit sad about it too. It’s not easy making friends and then Polly has an argument with another girl, who owns a parrot, about what bird is best. Fortunately, the teacher sees a way to make things right. Children will understand exactly how Polly feels while guest appearances by Neil and Skittles the parrot add excitement and more humour. The short text, lively adventure and frequent illustrations make this just the thing for readers at the start of their own schooldays. ~ Andrea Reece


The New Friend by Jenny Colgan

Polly and her puffin friend, Neil, have wonderful adventures by the sea. But now the time has come for Polly to go to the place she calls 'Big School'. It might be fun, it might be exciting, and it's definitely a little bit scary. Making new friends can be harder than it sounds ...join Polly on her quest and find out if there might be a new feathered friend for Neil too! Ideal for bedtime stories and early readers.

From the author of The Little Beach Street Bakery. Contains lots of fun recipes and activities in addition to the story.


Colgan's emotional intelligence and the charming illustrations by Thomas Docherty make this a great gift A sweet tale of a puffin with a broken wing and the little girl who puts him to rights. -- Charlotte Heathcote Sunday Express

An absolute joy, beautifully written and charmingly illustrated, a delight for children and adults alike

Such a nice read

A great gift for kids of four and above New Statesman

A gentle, heart-warming tale The Herald, Glasgow

About the Author

Jenny Colgan

Jenny Colgan is the bestselling author of over sixteen novels including Little Beach Street Bakery, Welcome to Rosie Hopkins' Sweetshop of Dreams and Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe. Her last four novels have all been Sunday Times Top Ten paperback bestsellers.

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Publication date

23rd February 2017


Jenny Colgan

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Little, Brown Books for Young Readers an imprint of Hachette Children's Group


96 pages
Interest Age: From 6 to 11 years


7+ readers
5+ readers
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Animal stories (Children's / Teenage)
Family & home stories (Children's / Teenage)



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