Don't breathe a word

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Don’t Breathe a Word is a gentle story about Mackenzie and her big sister Tahila, who live with their Grandpa. Grandpa looks after the girls, though lately, the girls are the ones taking care of him. Grandpa’s beginning to forget who he is, and gets into accidents around the house. It’s the sort of craziness that sends Mackenzie into a panic.

The story deals with the elderly and mental illness. Marianne Musgrove is no stranger to writing about tricky issues (The Worry Tree is fab!). She has a heart-warming touch and delivers a sweet tale about family responsiblity and love for grandparents.

About the author

I'm an author, stand-up comedian and teacher. My books include Thai-riffic!, Con-nerd, Punchlines and The Other Christy. I'm a massive Nintendo fan and love eating burgers. Follow me on Twitter or Instagram @oliverwinfree


  1. Jessica Francis says:

    18/07/09 @ 6:18 pm 

    I read this book too. It’s great. I really liked the no-nonsense way Musgrove dealt with this topic. There are so many jucy themes in this story I just hope teachers don’t ruin the expereince for their students by trying to over-analyse it.

  2. Oliver says:

    19/07/09 @ 3:42 pm 

    I agree Jessica, I think if teachers dwell on the issues too heavily, they’ll miss the point of the story. Glad you enjoyed the book.

  3. Lydia says:

    29/08/12 @ 3:53 pm 

    I love this book i think it’s great. i like how mackenzie sticks up for herself to her big sister. You should read this book

  4. olivia fay smith says:

    23/10/12 @ 6:59 pm 

    hey i love this book i have done 2 assignments and gotten full marks
    i love this book<5

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