Two families into one.
An old house large enough for all.
Enough love to go around?
Abi had been an only, cherished by Dad Theo and Granny Grace after Mum died when she was a baby.
Now the 11 year old is a middle, squished between 13-year-old Max and grubby hands 6-year-old Louis when Dad marries Polly, and they move into her small house.
The blended family searches and searches for another house to rent, finally deciding on an old, tall house covered with ivy – and room enough for everyone!
With Polly and Theo working more hours to afford the house, Esme is hired to bring Louis home from school, and Max is enraged that his best friend Danny tells everyone that the 18-year-old French art student is his “babysitter” now.
Abi is happy to get back to escaping into books in her own room – so vivid, so real that she can feel the ocean spray in her face as she reads Kon-Tiki.
It isn’t ‘a nowl’ that Louis hears in the ivy, but an invisible friend, a cat-shaped being named Iffen who races up the vines to sleep in his room, who sharpens his mighty claws on the bedside mat, who is hungry.
Could Max finally calm down around Esme?
Is Iffen listen getting larger?
How can Abi see Iffen?!
Perhaps, perhaps the old house’s magic can help their many-parts family become whole.
Did you have an imaginary childhood friend?