Review: A Kind of Spark by Elle McNicoll

Title: A Kind of Spark

Author: Elle McNicoll

Pages: 192 Pages

Publisher: Knights of Media

The Blurb

A KIND OF SPARK tells the story of 11-year-old Addie as she campaigns for a memorial in memory of the witch trials that took place in her Scottish hometown. Addie knows there’s more to the story of these ‘witches’, just like there is more to hers. Can Addie challenge how the people in her town see her, and her autism, and make her voice heard? A story about friendship, courage and self-belief, perfect for fans of The Goldfish Boy.


The Review

A Kind of Spark is a lovely story about difference and about acceptance. It tells the story of Addie. Addie is autistic and finds life a bit difficult sometimes. Things that neurotypical people take for granted Addie struggles with on daily basis. 

When she and her classmates start to learn about the persecution of women considered to be witches she sets about to change people’s opinions and wants to memorialise them. 

Elle McNicoll has done a fabulous job in which she uses the witch trials as an allegory for the misunderstanding that surrounds autism. As we are seeing the story from Addie’s perspective we feel her sense of unfairness and especially feel her frustration at being on the outside of a world that solely caters for neurotypical people.

I can honestly say that A Kind of Spark broke me at several points in this novel. I laughed, I cried and I desperately wanted to make the world right for Addie. I really think this book is a must read for every school teacher and should be given to all school children to read. It is the kind of book that makes you want to be a kinder person. 

A Kind of Spark by Elle McNicoll is available now.

For more information regarding Elle McNicoll (@BooksandChokers) please visit her Twitter page

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