Kass Kennedy is in trouble. Her manically up-and-down dad has finally lost it – he’s entered her for The X Factor. This would be slightly less of a crisis if:
a) she could sing
b) any tiny bit of her wanted to be a star, and
c) she hadn’t lost her two best friends over a boy in brown boots.
Somehow Kass must get out of it with her sanity, friendships and family still intact.
SHORTLISTED FOR THE LINCOLNSHIRE YOUNG PEOPLE’S BOOK AWARD 2010
“Addictive. Original. True.” Joanna Nadin, author of My So-Called Life
“Difficult issues treated with intelligence and gentle humour, and complex, lovely, real characters.” Jaclyn Moriarty, author of Feeling Sorry for Celia
“…the lightness of touch in the writing means that you’ll be sniggering one minute and swallowing hard with sadness the next.” Tamsyn Murray, author of My So-Called Afterlife
“Emily Gale’s characters are very real, and yet the twists in the plot always surprise.” Keren David, author of When I Was Joe.
“…a wonderfully-observed, realistic and moving mix of relationship drama and gentle comedy.” Teen book review site Chicklish.
“This is clever and funny, but also poignant at the same time. You may go from laughing to tears in the turn of a couple of pages in this book.”
CV: Emily Gale was born in London in 1975 and began her working life as the driver of a miniature steam train in a children’s toy museum at 15. The splash as a child fell off the train and into the pond one afternoon was enough to make her consider alternative careers. She went on to achieve almost no success as an ice cream scooper, a falafel seller, a waitress, a classroom assistant and a TV runner, all in the space of a year. At university she got a taste for editing by working on student rags, and after graduating she worked for Penguin Books where she gained an unnatural knowledge of Peter Rabbit. She was an editor, mainly of children’s books, for several years before going freelance and edging towards writing the books instead, and has several books for under-sevens in print. She is currently living in Melbourne with her partner and two young children. Her first novel for teenagers, Girl Aloud, was published by Chicken House in November 2009.
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