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Laura Jarratt was born in Salford and has lived all over the UK. Although her favourite subject was English, she accidentally studied Science at university. She finally settled in rural Cheshire, where she is owned by a ginger cat with no tail. By day, she works in education because it's never boring and by night, she writes for young adults because they're the most interesting people in the world.
Hannah adores her older sister, Jenny - they are the best of friends, but different in every other way. Jenny dreams of leaving the States and flying to the UK to visit the places where their English mother grew up. But Jenny's dream turns to a nightmare when she vanishes without a trace.
A powerful story exploring the confusing and challenging choices that teenagers may have to make. Fourteen year old Rafi is a selective mute. She hasn’t spoken for years. But it is not that she hasn’t got anything to say or that she doesn’t know anything. Rafi is a sharp observer of those around her and a very good listener. When Josie needs someone to turn to after being the victim of online bullying, Rafi is the perfect choice. But Josie and Rafi also need to protect Silas as he get dangerously out of his depth in a protest group and the violence it is willing to cause.
One of our Books of the Year 2013 A stunning, heart-stopping novel from the author of the critically acclaimed Skin Deep. Holly is a new girl at a new school in a new home with a new life and identity. The only thing that's not new is her family who wouldn't be in this mess if it wasn't for Holly. Lonely and angry Holly reaches out to friends new and old, but one wrong move will put all their lives in danger... Laura Jarratt's first novel, Skin Deep, has been shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize. ................................... In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for By Any Other Name a small number of teenagers were lucky enough to be invited to review this title. Here's a taster....'this has to be one of the best YA books I have read so far this year, if not the best!'.... Scroll down to read more reviews...
Ugly people don't have feelings. They're not like everyone else. They don't notice if you stare at them and turn away. And if they did notice, it wouldn't hurt them. They're not like real people. Or that's what I used to think. Before I learned... After the car crash that leaves her best friend dead, Jenna is permanently scarred. She struggles to rebuild her life, but every stare in the street, every time she looks in the mirror, makes her want to retreat further from the world. Until she meets Ryan. Ryan's a traveller. When he and his mother moor their narrow boat on the outskirts of a village, she tells him this time it will be different. He doesn't believe her; he can't imagine why this place shouldn't be as unwelcoming as the rest. Until he meets Jenna. But as Jenna and Ryan grow closer, repercussions from the crash continue to reverberate through the community. And then a body is found... .