I Have a Plan by Anne Adeney
Kayla and her mother live happily together, just the two of them. When her mum loses her job and home, kayla thinks all their problems can be solved by winning the lottery. They don't win the lottery, but they do get a house - with a batty old lady and a couple of young squtters already installed in it. Then Mum gets ill and the social services send Kayla to stay with the father who is never mentioned - a crochety professor who is far from the dashing figure of Kayla's daydreams. How this disparate group of characters come together makes a story of great warmth and humour, by a new author who writes attractivel and with insight about family life.