Brixton Bard Alex Wheatle MBE has a new book published today (4 April).
Home Girl: or The Miseducation of Naomi Brisset is the fourth book in the Crongton series by the winner of the Guardian Children’s Book Award.
Teenager Naomi is in the care system – a child treated like a pawn on a family chessboard.
But she funny, tender, tragic and full of courage – like the book.
This isn’t my home. Haven’t had a proper home since … This is just somewhere I’ll be resting my bones for a week and maybe a bit. This time next year you’ll forget who I am. I haven’t got a diddly where I’ll be by then. But I’m used to it
An emergency placement with a Black family whose experience of life is similar to hers provides a catalyst for the white 14-year-old to develop.
Publisher Little, Brown says it is Alex Wheatle’s most moving and personal novel to date.
Home Girl or The Miseducation of Naomi Brisset; ISBN 9780349003252; publication date 4 April 2019; paperback (£7.99) or ebook (£4.99); publisher Atom
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