Drawing with Light by Julia Green

Drawing with Light

Written by Julia Green

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A touching and tender teenage novel of love and exploration this tells how sixteen-year-old Emily finds first love and also begins an important search to find her mother. Emily was only two when her artist mother left home and she knows little about her but, as she develops her own talents, she begins to feel the need to find out what her mother is like and why she left. Emily is helped by sensitive Seb, a new boyfriend, who helps her to find a way forward.


Drawing with Light by Julia Green

Kat and Emily have grown up without their mother for almost as long as they can remember. And now Dad is with Cassy and they all muddle along together well enough - even though they are living in a cramped caravan while their new house is being renovated. Then Cassy and Dad tell them that Cassy is pregnant, and everything seems to shift. Emily feels a new urge to find her own mother. How could she have left them the way she did? Never writing to them? Not communicating with them? And as Emily begins her search, not knowing what she will find, she is at the same time embarking on a new relationship of her own, that of her romance with Seb. This is an evocative and finely drawn novel about family relationships, in particular that of mother and daughter, and the shifting emotions of a teenager trying to make sense of her family and her world.


Praise for 'Breathing Underwater':

'Excellent story ... from an author who, notably, has written unpatronisingly and sensitively about teenagers' feelings.' The Bookseller

'Never has that sun-soaked, salt-crusted sense of teenage summer well-being been better described.' Guardian

'Julia Green is a writer to watch.' David Almond

About the Author

Julia Green

Julia Green lives in Bath and has two sons. She writes fiction for children and young adults and is the Course Director for the MA in Writing for Young People at Bath Spa University. Julia leads creative writing workshops for children and adults in a variety of settings, including festivals and schools and for the Arvon foundation. She has worked as an English teacher in school, as a lecturer in FE, Higher and Adult Education, as a tutor for young people not in mainstream school; she has also been a publicity officer, a sub editor for a publishing company and a library assistant at a medical school in London. Julia’s novels for teenagers are published by Puffin and Bloomsbury and are translated into several languages. Tilly’s Moonlight Fox is her first novel for Oxford University Press.

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272 pages
Interest Age: From 12


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Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Publication date

1st March 2010




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