Being Billy by Phil Earle

Being Billy

Written by Phil Earle

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Shortlisted for the 2012 Branford Boase Award for outstanding Debut novel.

A Lovereading4kids 'Great Read' you may have missed 2011 selection.

Billy's been in a care home almost all his life and as far as he's concerned, he's on his own. He's angry with the system, the social workers and the mother who gave him away. His little brother and sister keep him going, though they can't keep him out of trouble. But he isn't being difficult on purpose. Billy's just being Billy. He can't be anything else. Can he?

The Branford Boase judges said: “Extremely emotionally intelligent; the voice never falters. Excellent descriptions of how the character feels. It made me cry!”

The Branford Boase Award shortlist 2012:

Long Lankin - Lindsey Barraclough

Being Billy - Phil Earle

Small Change for Stuart - Lissa Evans

Everybody Jam - Ali Lewis

Sky Hawk - Gill Lewis

A Beautiful Lie - Irfan Master

My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece - Annabel Pitcher


Being Billy by Phil Earle

Shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2012.

A Lovereading4kids 'Great Read' you may have missed 2011 selection.

"Faces flashed before my eyes. And for every face there was a time that they had let me down. Each punch that landed was revenge, my chance to tell them I hadn't forgotten what they did." Eight years in a care home makes Billy Finn a professional lifer. And Billy's angry - with the system, the social workers, and the mother that gave him away.


Praise for Being Billy from some favourite authors:

'a wonderful book' - Morris Glietzman

'Phil Earle writes starkly but sensitively in this brilliant page-turning novel. It moved me to tears.' - Jacqueline Wilson

'Moving and powerful. I loved it' - Sophie Mckenzie

'a total page-turner...spiky, brave and compassionate' - Jenny Downham

About the Author

Phil Earle

Phil Earle was born in the great city of Hull in 1974, and spent the next eighteen years playing a lot of sport, messing around in plays and trying to sing in bands. He has had jobs as a care worker in a residential kids' home and a bookseller, and now works as sales and marketing director for David Fickling books. Phil was recently BookTrust's online writer-in-residence and set out to prove with a series of vlogs that there’s a story out there for everyone. This year, Phil has already had sell-out events at Hay Festival and is next appearing at Cheltenham and Bath Children’s Literature Festivals. He lives on a hill in Yorkshire with his wife and three children and his favourite place to write is on the bus.

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272 pages
Interest Age: From 13


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Puffin Books an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd

Publication date

6th January 2011




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