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A compelling and at times heart-breaking contemporary teen drama from debut author Helen Brandom. Tackling topical subjects it is subtle, insightful and utterly absorbing read. It's the story of Amy - she has two choices. Does she tell the truth about the abandoned baby, or keep quiet and live a lie, forever? It's a novel that is sure to get teens thinking and talking so perfect for teen/YA reading groups too.
“Amy! Wait till you hear this...” I hold my breath.
“What?” I say.
“Last night someone left a baby on our doorstep.” My heart stops. This is it, I think. Now what do I do?
Sixteen-year-old Amy is used to keeping secrets – about her mum’s illness, her irresponsible sister and her ex-boyfriend. Amy is her mum’s sole carer and every day is filled with tiny battles to achieve the simplest things, from cooking a meal to keeping the house clean, especially when social services come round. No matter how difficult stuff gets, Amy doesn’t want anything to change. But then a shocking discovery turns everything upside-down.
When a newborn baby is left on her best friend’s doorstep, it becomes the talk of the town, and only Amy holds the key to the baby's identity. Now she has two choices: tell the truth, or live a lie forever.
Includes extra materials for reading groups.
Writing in the Sand tackles topical subjects of young carers, teenage pregnancy and adoption with an accessible and sensitive voice. Recent statistics showed that the UK has the highest teenage birth rate in Western Europe, while nearly a quarter of a million children in England and Wales are caring for a relative.
Publication date: 01/04/2014
Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
|Publication date:||1st April 2014|
|Publisher:||Usborne Publishing Ltd|
|Genres:||NewGen - YA Fiction, eBook Favourites, Reading Groups, Relationship Stories,|
|Categories:||Family & home stories (Children's / Teenage),|
A former primary school teacher, Helen Brandom has written numerous plays, serials and drama episodes for the stage and radio, with her work broadcast on TV and BBC Radio. Writing in the Sand is her debut novel.More About Helen Brandom