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Binny for Short [PDF / Epub] ☁ Binny for Short Author Hilary McKay – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk When she was eight, Binny s life was perfect She had her father s wonderful stories and Max, the best dog ever But after her father s sudden death, money is tight, and Aunty Violet decides to give Max When she was eight, Binny s life was perfect She had her father s wonderful stories and Max, the best dog ever But after her father s sudden death, money is tight, and Aunty Violet decides to give Max away he is just Binny for ePUB í too big for their cramped new life Binny knows she can t get her dad back, but she never stops missing Max, or trying to find him Then, when she s eleven, everything changes againAunty Violet has died, and left Binny and her family an old house in a seaside town Binny is faced with a new crush, a new frenemy, and a ghost It seems Aunty Violet may not have completely departed It s odd being haunted by her aunt, but there is also the warmth of a busy and loving mother, a musical older sister, and a hilarious little brother, who is busy with his experiments And his wetsuit And his chickens.


10 thoughts on “Binny for Short

  1. Hallie Hallie says:

    Maybe 4.5, but only because my expectations for new Hilary McKay books are ridiculously high by now So far behind on writing up books read that I won t say much about this, but will note that it s a family book, like The Exiles Casson Family series, and as usual, reading as a parent will cause you some anxiety, right along with your love of the kids And parent s McKay protags manage to get themselves into some physical danger in a perfectly reasonable to them manner, that delights and Maybe 4.5, but only because my expectations for new Hilary McKay books are ridiculously high by now So far behind on writing up books read that I won t say much about this, but will note that it s a family book, like The Exiles Casson Family series, and as usual, reading as a parent will cause you some anxiety, right along with your love of the kids And parent s McKay protags manage to get themselves into some physical danger in a perfectly reasonable to them manner, that delights and terrifies at once.The beginning startled me, as Binny s father died when she was eight, and had been twenty years older than her mother, and my father died when I was seven but it was only when I was in my forties that a friend pointed out that I hadn t actually been eight and he was twenty years older than my mother Also Binny s father owned a bookshop and was a storyteller, and my dad was a writer Other than that, no resemblance at all, as I was nothing like Binny, and my father didn t leave unexpected debts behind him That irrelevant personal rambling over with, the book was occasionally difficult to read, but in a good way Binny s hatred for her Aunt Violet is completely understandable, and yet the adult reader can also see behind her high handed insensitivity, to Binny s elderly, somewhat frail grandmother s perspective, completely overwhelmed as she was by an excitable, out of control dog It was a horrible situation for everyone concerned, and there was only a slightlybearable solution possible view spoiler if she d TOLD Binny that she really had given Max to a real, loving family, Binny wouldn t have had the worry that he d been put down or abandoned hide spoiler McKay is absolutely fantastic at depicting really sad family situations that are okay because you know that all the members of the family really love each other And you re also cracking up at regular intervals too James Not only James, but James It was also very hard seeing the sideways glimpses we were given of Gareth s father s girlfriend and how incredibly hurtful Gareth s open hostility must have been to her Right from the first mention of her, it s pretty clear that she won t be able to win with Gareth and I found his acting out very painful It works really well having him and Binny in an antagonistic kind of friendship they re not quite the enemies she claims they are , and once Clem sees how he s behaving she calls him on it immediately, so we re not in any kind of doubt about the narrative s take on his behaviour At the same time, he s not completely unsympathetic because of the very obvious fact that his father isn t helping him deal with his distress in any helpful way and he clearly needs help When the big reveal happens, my first thought was that it was kind of coincidental, but second take was that it s nothing like that really, but it is part of the pattern of the story that emerges once the story unfolds Which pulls in what s said in the first short section, The Rock Pools , about the pattern that s woven of days and that led Binny and Gareth to that revelation This is just truly wonderful storytelling


  2. Stephanie Stephanie says:

    I read this book with total pleasure mingled with total envy Oh, at every page, I wished so hard that I had written it I love McKay s characters and their families I love the way she tells stories And I think this is her very strongest book yet.Binny is stubborn, blinkered, fiery, and WONDERFUL Her younger brother James made me laugh out loud again and again Her oldest sister Clem was fabulous without ever being unrealistically perfect Their seaside town was so vivid, I could imagine I w I read this book with total pleasure mingled with total envy Oh, at every page, I wished so hard that I had written it I love McKay s characters and their families I love the way she tells stories And I think this is her very strongest book yet.Binny is stubborn, blinkered, fiery, and WONDERFUL Her younger brother James made me laugh out loud again and again Her oldest sister Clem was fabulous without ever being unrealistically perfect Their seaside town was so vivid, I could imagine I was there and I wished I really was I read the book faster and faster, both anticipating and dreading the endwhich turned out to be just exactly right.Now I m going to re read it again and again.LOVE


  3. Jacob Proffitt Jacob Proffitt says:

    I ve been on something of a Hilary McKay binge lately, I suppose, but I couldn t resist the call of this book this evening As is usual for McKay s novels, I didn t stop until I had finished some hours later.Like the Casson books, this one centers on the life of an off kilter family struggling to find their way through difficulties largely of their own making Unlike the Cassons, I wasn t nearly as charmed by the antics of some of the family and friends I didn t appreciate James the youngest f I ve been on something of a Hilary McKay binge lately, I suppose, but I couldn t resist the call of this book this evening As is usual for McKay s novels, I didn t stop until I had finished some hours later.Like the Casson books, this one centers on the life of an off kilter family struggling to find their way through difficulties largely of their own making Unlike the Cassons, I wasn t nearly as charmed by the antics of some of the family and friends I didn t appreciate James the youngest family member at 6 at all I thought he was awful a spoiled, budding sociopath I found entirely grating It s probably the father in me coming out, but I couldn t help wanting to reach out and give him some guidanceAnd Gareth wasn t much better Yeah, he s 12 ish I don t think the novel actually says and dealing with the intrusion of the other woman into his time with his father, but he is also unrelentingly awful to both of them painfully so He s saved, somewhat, by the glimpses we have of his vulnerability and simple, raw, need, but it s a close thing for his story.Binny was a delight, though, and I liked Clem, too and their mother Odd, that, now I think on it Logically I should hold the momresponsible for James than I apparently do Weird Anyway, I liked their story very much, even Binny s irrational attachment to the long gone Max her dog that was simply too much in their reduced circumstances was endearing when it could easily have been merely irrational Binny is McKay at her best a 12 year old with 12 year old problems, perspectives, and solutions that pull you completely into her world even as you can observe its limitations and pitfalls McKay is as generous as she is unsparing in her portraits of adolescence and it was thoroughly enjoyable experiencing her world for a time.Add a couple laugh myself silly moments and you have a highly entertaining read, even if I had some reservations or idiosyncratic pain points This came in at a 3.5 edging to a four, for me, that I ll happily round up in appreciation for a couple good guffaws


  4. Emily Emily says:

    Man, I love Hilary McKay Her books make me giggle They make my husband giggle It s her unusual, frisky way of putting things that always gets me The youngest child in the family, James, is described as portable , and the other family members take advantage of the fact when he s being a pest Here s a sentence that I couldn t stop laughing about, when 11 year old Binny has had just about enough of James Binny picked up James, turned him upside down, and lowered him gently into the trash ca Man, I love Hilary McKay Her books make me giggle They make my husband giggle It s her unusual, frisky way of putting things that always gets me The youngest child in the family, James, is described as portable , and the other family members take advantage of the fact when he s being a pest Here s a sentence that I couldn t stop laughing about, when 11 year old Binny has had just about enough of James Binny picked up James, turned him upside down, and lowered him gently into the trash can One word in that sentence makes all the difference That s how a lot of her humor sneaks up on you Even though he s not the title character, 6 year old James gets all the best lines, going through life on his own, oddball plane, making comments about Binny getting into one of her states and greeting his all female family members with Hello, don t kiss me There s an interesting family dynamic with the Cornwallis clan, and the story of their settling into the first house they ve lived in since the father died is a sweet one, with just a little mystery to add suspense.Binny is shockingly harsh and disrespectful to her Aunt Violet at the beginning, view spoiler and there s no tidy resolution or chance for apology, since Aunty Violet dies before Binny knows the whole story about Max hide spoiler and a few very tough realities are touched on in the book, but McKay manages it with grace, compassion and humor.I can t recommend this author enough May she write manybooks with quirky characters, sweet relationships, and a treatment of the English language reminiscent of P.G Wodehouse


  5. Emily Emily says:

    6 7 15Reread in anticipation of the sequel, which is currently winging its way to me from the UK Or , precisely, gently paddling towards me sea mail Two years is really too short a time between readings, but yet I d forgotten how hard edged by McKay s standards anyway, not the general public s this story sometimes is Binny and her frenemy, Gareth, sometimes behave badly because they re both, for different reasons, angry and sad It s not always comfortable reading I wasn t sure if th 6 7 15Reread in anticipation of the sequel, which is currently winging its way to me from the UK Or , precisely, gently paddling towards me sea mail Two years is really too short a time between readings, but yet I d forgotten how hard edged by McKay s standards anyway, not the general public s this story sometimes is Binny and her frenemy, Gareth, sometimes behave badly because they re both, for different reasons, angry and sad It s not always comfortable reading I wasn t sure if this would remain a five star book for me, but oh, the ending packs a punch, and makes everything shift, kaleidoscope like It s wonderful, one of her best books.4 15 13Hilary McKay is the one and only author whose books I buy or ask someone to buy for my birthday new, in hardcover, the moment they come out This one did not disappoint It s a typically Hilary McKay story eccentric characters making wry remarks and getting themselves into astonishingly funny situations , but it sbittersweet than usual More unusually for one of McKay s books, it has maps on the end papers, something which always seems to make even a dull book worth reading.Now I have to figure out how to cram my new copy into that row of hardcovers which is starting to take up a whole shelf.The British edition, which is far, far,attractive than the as yet unreleased American one featuring Binny with a sideways football, Dora the Explorer style head can be ordered with free worldwide shipping at


  6. Melissa McShane Melissa McShane says:

    I should have written this up when I read it, but I didn t I love Hilary McKay s books, so this was justof the same great characters, funny stories, a happy ending that isn t perfect Even so, I think I like Binny in Secret better view spoiler The thing with the dog just irritated me, that it was SUCH a HUGE COINCIDENCE And it irritated me even though I knew it was coming because I read Binny in Secret first It didn t ruin the book for me, but it came close hide spoiler I should have written this up when I read it, but I didn t I love Hilary McKay s books, so this was justof the same great characters, funny stories, a happy ending that isn t perfect Even so, I think I like Binny in Secret better view spoiler The thing with the dog just irritated me, that it was SUCH a HUGE COINCIDENCE And it irritated me even though I knew it was coming because I read Binny in Secret first It didn t ruin the book for me, but it came close hide spoiler


  7. The Library Lady The Library Lady says:

    I am giving this a 5 because I think The Penderwicks A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy, which has been cooed over by so many, is the most overrated attempt at an old fashioned family story I have ever read This book,on the other hand, is a delightful read with a family that feels real, unlike Birdsall s phoney baloney characters I am giving this a 5 because I think The Penderwicks A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy, which has been cooed over by so many, is the most overrated attempt at an old fashioned family story I have ever read This book,on the other hand, is a delightful read with a family that feels real, unlike Birdsall s phoney baloney characters


  8. Louise / Daisy May Johnson Louise / Daisy May Johnson says:

    It s hard to write about family, I think sometimes It s a thing that a lot of people do for families, in their odd and pained and viciously real shapes, are part of all our lives and they are something which remain intensely personal You have secret words, shared histories, internal jokes that nobody, despite however hard they try, may ever fully understand And you can t ever understand theirs, even if you understand the full shade of their humour, cut from their life, you may never fully see It s hard to write about family, I think sometimes It s a thing that a lot of people do for families, in their odd and pained and viciously real shapes, are part of all our lives and they are something which remain intensely personal You have secret words, shared histories, internal jokes that nobody, despite however hard they try, may ever fully understand And you can t ever understand theirs, even if you understand the full shade of their humour, cut from their life, you may never fully see the shadows in that It s hard to write about family but I think, perhaps, that Hilary McKay is superlative in how she does it There s nobody quite like McKay in how she catches that oddly loving and vibrant family dynamic, the way that you love hate love your siblings and hate them again, all in the same breath And there s nobody quite like McKay who swings you from laughter, through to a rush of love for the entire world, through to catching your breath with tears and wanting everything to just be alright and okay and for them to make their way through this.McKay is a joy, pure and simple, and in Binny for Short she s on fine and almost masterful form The titular Binny Belinda Bin, Bel, Binny for short is a fiery and rather lovely creation She s stubborn and grumpy and resolutely of herself Her childhood is rather idyllic and lovely but following the death of her father, everything changes Her beloved dog, Max, is given away due to the machinations of Binny s hated Auntie Violet Things rise to a head between Binny and Auntie Violet at a funeral, and following a series of unfortunate events TM Lemony Snicket Binny is left with Auntie Violet s home by the sea.The idea of a home by the sea is something that s been explored in children s literature before the wild and entrancing otherness of the seaside will remain eternally glorious but I think here, coupled with Binny s frenemy Gareth I loathe that expression but it rather fits her initial encounters with him , her wide eyed love of the gorgeous Liam and of her love of her new world in general, McKay has created something rather ridiculously lovely This book is rich story telling, ridiculously so, and it is full of life and it is almost a joy to read and I want , please, for I am greedy for work like this


  9. Robin Stevens Robin Stevens says:

    I grew up on Hilary s Exiles series, and it s wonderful to come back to her writing and find her just as good as ever The family dynamics in her books are so well observed and hilarious, and this first book about Binny and her family is just wonderful 8 Please note this review is meant as a recommendation only If you use it in any marketing material, online or anywhere on a published book without asking permission from me first, I will ask you to remove that use immediately Thank you


  10. Tasha Tasha says:

    Binny s life had been perfect but now she lost two of the most important things she ever had First, her father died, taking his stories along with him Then, because money became an issue, Binny s dog had to be given away Her dog was taken by her mean Aunty Violet, who never told anyone where Max had been sent So when Binny found herself alone in a car with her Aunt, she told her exactly what she thought Aunty Violet died soon after that conversation and left Binny and her family her old cot Binny s life had been perfect but now she lost two of the most important things she ever had First, her father died, taking his stories along with him Then, because money became an issue, Binny s dog had to be given away Her dog was taken by her mean Aunty Violet, who never told anyone where Max had been sent So when Binny found herself alone in a car with her Aunt, she told her exactly what she thought Aunty Violet died soon after that conversation and left Binny and her family her old cottage by the sea, a tiny house but one of their very own Now Binny finds herself in an idyllic seaside town, meeting great new friends and even better enemies, but still missing Max Binny though is not a girl to easily give up, so she sets about planning to find her dog, no matter what.I am such a fan of McKay and her writing She has a natural flow both in her narrative and in the very real voices that all of her characters use with one another Additionally, her characters are all flawed and realistically drawn which adds greatly to the veracity of her books In the end, her books are filled with human beings who live in messy ways through their messy lives, beautifully Each member of Binny s family is worthy of their own novel Her older sister is glamorous and musical, yet works incredibly hard to afford the necessary lessons to be a musician She is also as much a parent as their lovely but scattered mother It is James though, her little brother, who completely steals the book As he wears a wetsuit that he found in the trash every day that is pink and green, he has to prove that he s a boy often, which of course means undressing in public He is also growing poison lettuce in his window box from stolen seeds that just happened to find their way into his pocket In other words, he s a delight.Strong characters and splendid writing result in a virtuoso start to a new series that will have McKay fans cheering forAppropriate for ages 9 12


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