Allison is in danger at home. Her stepmother has run away and her father is getting worse. So she runs away too and with no where to live finds herself hiding out, miles from home, in an elderly woman’s shed. But this woman, Marla, has dementia and doesn’t recognise her as Allison, believing she is an old friend from her past called Toffee. So this is who Allison becomes, morphing into a person Marla usually knows and trusts but sometimes fears and fights. As their bond grows, Allison begins to ask herself – where is home? What is a family? And most importantly, who am I, really?

ISBN: 9781408868133 Author: Crossan, Sarah Publisher: Bloomsbury Young Adult Publication Date: 6th February 2020 Imprint: Bloomsbury Young Adult Cover: Paperback Dewey: 823.92 (edition:23) Pages: 398 Language: English Edition: 1st paperback ed Readership: Young Adult / Code: C Category:

‘Utterly sublime’ Cecelia Ahern
‘Impossible not to read it in a single gulp’ The Times
‘Undoubtedly one of the best books of the year’ Irish Times
‘Compelling and beautifully wrought’ The Sunday Times
‘A book that changes its reader for the better’ Guardian
‘One of our most original writers’ John Boyne


When Allison runs away from home she doesn’t expect to be taken in by Marla, an elderly woman with dementia, who mistakes her for an old friend called Toffee. Allison is used to hiding who she really is, and trying to be what other people want her to be. And so, Toffee is who she becomes. But as her bond with Marla grows, Allison begins to ask herself -where is home? What is a family? And most importantly, who am I, really?

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