White Lies, Black Dare by Joanna Nadin

White Lies, Black Dare

Written by Joanna Nadin

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Asha has big dreams. She wants to be the youngest ever Prime Minister and, when inspirational teacher Mr McCardle gives her his precious copy of S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders, she wants to write her own books. But Asha’s life is no dream. Once an “invincible” barrister, her mum lost her job after falling ill and Asha’s back at her old school in Peckham. She’s also back with her old friend Patience. “Misfits, both of us. The fat Christian and the new girl”, Asha remarks, while longing to be accepted by beautiful, bold Angel. But things really unravel for Asha when she accepts Angel’s Black Dare - “whatever we say, you just got to do it” – and becomes caught in a web of lies that could hurt everyone she cares for.

Featuring characters from the author’s Carnegie Medal nominated Joe All Alone, this is an insightful, gripping, character-driven novel about peer pressure and the conflict between wanting to fit in and standing up for yourself. As Asha realises, “telling lies can ruin lives. But take it from me, telling the truth’s no easy ride.” As the novel builds to a tense, emotional climax, you’ll be on the edge of your seat willing Asha to do the right thing. ~ Joanne Owen

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White Lies, Black Dare by Joanna Nadin

How far would you go to fit in? When I think of all the people I ever wanted to be, I'm pretty sure this isn't one of them...

Asha Wright has it all - a barrister mum, a place at a private school, and big dreams of a life where she's a real Somebody. But when her mum gets cancer, Asha's fairytale fades and she finds herself back in Peckham, at a tough new school with new teachers, new kids ...and Angel Jones, queen bee. Angel is everything Asha wants to be - beautiful, brash and, above all, brave. But being one of the gang comes at a cost, and Asha is forced to play a dangerous game of Truth or Dare. Where will it end?


Warning - not only will you need tissues when you read this book but you'll also need to hug someone repeatedly and be hugged yourself. And you're going to want to talk about it and possibly miss meals. Don't say I didn't warn you! -- Rhian Ivory An Awfully Big Blog Adventure

Praise for Joe All Alone:

'Poignant, funny, and utterly unputdow nable' - Catherine Bruton;

'I loved it' - Steve Cole

'Joe All Alone is a gem of a book that catches the heart and lifts the spirits' - Tanya Landman

About the Author

Joanna Nadin

Currently a 2016 Carnegie Medal nominee for Joe All Alone, Joanna Nadin is a winner of the Fantastic Book Award, the Surrey Book Award, Blue Peter 'Book of the Month' and Radio 4 Open Book 'Book of the Year'. She has been shortlisted for the Booktrust Best Book Award and Queen of Teen, and Spies, Dad, Big Lauren and Me was selected for the Richard and Judy Book Club. In 2011, Penny Dreadful is a Magnet for Disaster was shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize. Joanna previously worked as a policy writer for the Labour Party and a special adviser to the Prime Minister. She continues to freelance as a speechwriter and editor, and lectures in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University.

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272 pages
Interest Age: From 10


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Little, Brown Books for Young Readers an imprint of Hachette Children's Group

Publication date

11th February 2016




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