Reviewed by Louisa Nashir
This bright and cheery looking book starts in the warm and dusty country of Zimbabwe where Wilhelmina lives with her farmer father in a mud hut on the farm they own. Life is tough especially for a girl so Wilhelmina or Will as she is known is a tough little cookie afraid of no one or nothing.
She fights like a boy, rides horses bareback and will outrun any person who challenges her to a race. So imagine her shock when her beloved home is sold and Will is sent to a posh boarding school in the UK. Everything from the weather to the food is different and Will soon finds herself on the receiving end of some bullies nasty tongues. Will hates the place and escapes but what on earth will a rural girl from Africa do in London?
A great short story which I really enjoyed, you find yourself rooting for Will along the way.
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