A Drop of Golden Sun

Kate Saunders

This is a pure escapism for any child who has dreamt of starring in a film. It is a book with a wonderful old-fashioned feel, reminiscent of E. Nesbitt, whose works the author loved.

Set in the south of France there is sunshine, Hollywood glamour, plus a little intrigue as we are introduced to Jenny, Belinda, Harriet and John who have been chosen to star in a new film (whose similarities to the Sound of Music are barely hidden).

As filming gets under way and relationships between the actors develop, inevitable tensions begin to arise . There is a secondary storyline about the relationship each child has with their parents and mental health and alcoholism are a part of these, however, because this is ultimately an uplifting and positive story all the issues are neatly resolved by the end.

This is the final book from multi-award winning author Kate Saunders who sadly died in 2023. I for one will be rediscovering her many other adult and children’s titles.

Other Kate Saunders’ titles: Five Children on the Western Front (Winner of the Costa Prize, 2014), The Land of Never Endings (Carnegie Shortlisted 2019), The Whizz Pop Chocolate Shop (2012), Beswitched (2019)

Suitable for Upper KS2 readers, 324 pages

Published by Faber, March 2024

Reviewed by Rachel Bolton