is a short story that was originally published for World Book Day in 2012 and is now available to read for free on the Simon & Schuster website HERE
. It is a prequel to Sophie McKenzie's
Flynn series and is set a couple of years before the first book Falling Fast
It's a cute story that follows River through her first couple of weeks at secondary school. I'm sure most of us remember the nerves of starting a new school, one that seems so much bigger than your last one did and where instead of being one of the biggest kids you suddenly find yourself one of the smallest. I thought Sophie McKenzie
did a fabulous job of capturing how lost and alone River felt before she gradually started to make friends. We don't get to see Flynn in this story since it's set several years before he and River meet but you do get to see how she met her friends Grace and Emmi which was really nice.
I'm sure fans of the series will enjoy this story and since it's a free read it might be a good way for people to try the series and see if they want to go on to read the main books. Bear in mind that the characters are only about 11 in this story though so it has a younger feel to it than Falling Fast
where they are 15/16. The ebook does also include the first chapter of Falling Fast
though so that should be enough of a taster for you to decide.