The Race (an inspiring story for left-handers)

By Janet Hurst-Nicholson

Children's | Paperback, eBook


Vicky is left-handed and teased for being clumsy, but a visit from her Gran changes everything. Vicky’s Granddad has died and her Gran is coming for a visit. Vicky wants to cheer her up by embroidering a cushion as a gift, but Vicky is left-handed and she struggles to learn how to sew. She decides that winning a race in the school sports might be a better idea – but can she do it, especially when Graham threatens to spoil all her plans? The story highlights some of the challenges faced by left-handers. At the end of the book is advice on how to help left-handers; how to tell if a child is left-handed; the correct way for a left-hander to hold a pencil and to slant the paper; famous left-handers; percentage of the population who are left-handed; career choices for left-handers and cultural issues for left-handers.



Jan Hurst-Nicholson has written for South African magazines for several years, much of it compiled into ‘Something to Read on the Plane’. Her humorous novel on adapting from Liverpool to Durban, ‘But Can You Drink The Water?’ has been joined by award-winning ‘Leon Chameleon: PI’ children's books, YA ‘Mystery At Ocean Drive’, and the family saga ‘The Breadwinners’, as well as ‘With the Headmaster’s Approval’ and many other books from Penguin and Cambridge University Press. Jan's writing also appears in Edge Words (stories from the Cheshire Prize for Literature), Chicken Soup, and Summer Shorts. She lives in Durban with two dogs that are forever on the wrong side of the door, an elderly cat, and the occasional visiting troop of boisterous vervet monkeys. See more about Jan and her many books at www.just4kix.jimdo.com.


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Jan Hurst-Nicholson has written for South African magazines for several years, much of it compiled into ‘Something to Read on the Plane’. Her humorous novel on adapting from Liverpool to Durban, ‘But Can You Drink The Water?’ has been joined by award-winning ‘Leon Chameleon: PI’ children's books, YA ‘Mystery At Ocean Drive’, and the family saga ‘The Breadwinners’, as well as ‘With the Headmaste...


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