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Home Girl

Home Girl

About the Book

Author: Alex Wheatle

Age Range: 11-14 Years 14-16 Years

Publisher: Atom

Price: £7.99

Review

The poet Lemn Sissay has described Alex Wheatle as a ‘vital writer’ – and there is definitely an incredible energy that pulses through his storytelling.

His latest narrator, Naomi Brisset, is a teenage girl growing up in the UK care system (of which Wheatle has personal experience), and her voice is raw, authentic and utterly unforgettable.

Suspicious of all the adults around her, and surrounded by self-created barriers to protect her from even more harm than she’s already experienced, Naomi only trusts Kim, her closest friend at the children’s home she used to live in; the trouble is, Kim has an agenda of her own…

Punctuated with humour one moment, and heartbreak the next, this is a powerful story that exposes some bleak truths, with no easy happy ending; but there is hope, too – and a clear message about the importance of instilling self-worth in every young person.

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