The third book for children and young adults, especially those who feel “weird”, penned by the respected and popular prose writer.
The Weird Kids Club includes ten-year-old Mila, who has a thing about insects and spiders; Petr, who is a little younger and hasn’t grown much but is great at drawing and can’t sleep at night because he’s afraid of the dark; Katka, who’s a bit chubby and takes refuge in books to escape her loneliness. And then there’s Franta, who walks using crutches and is often mean. In their own way, each of them is wrestling with being different from the majority. What keeps these “weird” kids from going under – excluded children who are completely normal but don’t have it easy in the world of the perfect? Perhaps an unexpected friendship? Petra Soukupová has a deep understanding of children and is able to write stories for them that adult readers find riveting too.
“The author wrote The Weird Kids Club with feeling, with profound empathy for the world of children, their hopes and fears. To do so, she chose her typical, tried-and-tested signature style: concise and clear sentences honed on screenwriting and shaping characters and situations mainly through direct speech. And it works to excellent effect: brilliantly written prose on a subject which won’t go away any time soon.”
Selected published translations (1)
Il club dei bambini strani Italian