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  • Hodder Children's Books

Tapas and Tears

Chris Higgins

9 Reviews

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For National Curriculum Key Stage 3, For National Curriculum Key Stage 4 & GCSE, Fiction, Children's Fiction, Romance & relationships stories (Children's / Teen, School stories (Children's / Teenage), Personal & social issues: divorce, separation, fam

Another fantastic and genuine teen portrayal from Chris Higgins.

Jaime never wanted to go on the school exchange trip to Spain in the first place. She finds life awkward enough as it is and, because of her embarrassing blushing habit, she tries to avoid drawing attention to herself. Living in someone else's home, and in a foreign country, is way out of her comfort zone! But persuaded by her mum and her best friends she reluctantly agrees to go and stay with the carefully selected and colourfully-named Concepci n Inmaculada. After all, a girl named after the Virgin Mary has got to be quiet, kind and gentle ...
Wrong! Concha is a scary, rebellious, boy-mad loner with a mind of her own. Jaime is going to have to be prepared for anything and everything! Ol !

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Praise for Tapas and Tears

  • This is another great novel by Chris Higgins ... The story moves at a fast pace and is full of drama that always keeps you turning the pages. - Chicklish

  • This story captured my interest from the beginning and I was thrilled that it got better and better as I read. The author packs a great deal into this average-length teen book and every page had me wanting a little bit more. The characters in the story are superb: well fleshed out, with authentic voices for their age (and nationality). - The Book Bag


  • 'Chris Higgins gives her loyal audience another tremendously enjoyable read in Love Ya Babe. She has a light touch and an easy style that absorbs you right from the very start.' - The Bookbag

  • This is a funny, interesting, heart-warming story. - Chicklish

  • ... exciting and engaging, it's a hard one to put down once you've started. - The Bookbag

  • A thundering good read. - The Cornishman

  • A touching tale of romance, friendship & family. - Publishing News

  • A poignant novel... A moving, honest and most of all positive story about friendship, family and trust. Will make you laugh and cry. - Shop! Scotland

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Chris Higgins

Before writing her first novel, Chris taught English and Drama for many years in secondary schools. She also worked at the Minack, the open-air theatre on the cliffs near Land's End, but now writes full-time.

Chris has won a number of awards including Young Minds, the Lancashire Book Award, the Lincolnshire Young People's Book Award, the KYBA, and she has been shortlisted twice for Queen of Teen.

She lives in the far west of Cornwall with her husband.

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