Longlisted for the School Library Association's Information Book Award 2017 - 'Over 12' category.
Brie's Granddad has always been a serious man, never without a newspaper and knowing the answer to everything. But now he keeps losing track of the conversation, and honestly, Brie doesn't really know how to speak to him. At first, Fred was annoyed that Gramps had come to live with them, it meant he had to give up his room! But then he starts to enjoy watching old films with him and spending time together... although there's the small problem of Gramps calling him Simon.
Follow the stories of Brie, Fred, and other young carers as they try to understand and cope with their grandparents' dementia at all stages of the illness. Adapted from true stories, and supplemented with fun activities and discussion ideas, this book for children aged approximately 7-14 cuts to the truth of the experience of dementia and tackles stigma with a warm and open perspective.
Matthew Snyman is an award winning writer and filmmaker based in London. He creates great stories for young people and for the young at heart. The Social Innovation Lab Kent was established in 2007 to develop innovative projects focused on lived experiences that create solutions for communities.
Foreword. 1. 'I guess sometimes it's just easier to write it down': Meet Brie, Fred, Sarah and Sam. 2. 'Nanny's Braincells': The first signs of Dementia. 3. 'Puzzled': Ways of coping with Dementia. 4. 'Shirt, jumper, shirt, jumper, shirt, jumper, cardigan': Things change as Dementia progresses. 5. 'Mr Table Dancer': Although it can be, Dementia's not always a scary thing. 6. 'The Christmas Decision': Thinking about the future. 7. What is Dementia?. 8. Facts & Figure. 9. What to Look Out For. 10. Information. 11. Support. 12. Learning Resources. 13. Connect with Others. 14. Quotes.