My Name's Not Friday by Jon Walter

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Longlisted for the 2015 Guardian Children's Book prize An extraordinary tale of endurance and hope, Jon Walter's second novel is a beautiful and moving story about the power of belief and the strength of the human spirit, set against the terrifying backdrop of the American Civil War.


My Name's Not Friday by Jon Walter

This boy has bought me. This white boy who don't even look as old as I am. He owns me body and soul, and my worth has been set at six hundred dollars. Samuel's an educated boy. Been taught by a priest. He was never supposed to be a slave. He's a good boy too, thoughtful and kind. The type of boy who'd take the blame for something he didn't do, if it meant he could save his brother. So now they don't call him Samuel anymore. And the sound of guns is getting ever closer...


Praise for Close to the Wind:

Original and cleverly plotted - Children's Book of the Week, Sunday Times

I can't recommend it highly enough - Guardian

A beautiful read - Sun

About the Author

Jon Walter is a former photo-journalist who lives in East Sussex. A long time ago he went to Warwick University and studied English & Theatre before going on to sell T-shirts on Brighton Pier. He likes being warm in cold places and eating nice food. His first novel Close to the Wind (published July 2014) has received glowing reviews and is tipped to win awards.

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Publication date

2nd July 2015




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