Anthem for Jackson Dawes by Celia Bryce

Anthem for Jackson Dawes

Written by Celia Bryce

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Shortlisted for the Leeds Book Awards 2014, 11-14 category - January 2013 Debut of the Month Love and loss lie cheek to cheek in this thoughtful and deeply moving roller coaster story of Megan Bright’s fight against cancer. On her first admission to hospital, Megan meets Jackson. Brave, bold, infuriating – and gorgeous – Jackson, who travels everywhere linked to a drip - guides Megan through the first stages of cancer treatment. He teaches her how to keep hopes up and to cherish what really matters. Megan learns to see life differently when she is with Jackson but nothing can prepare either of them for the unknown future.

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Anthem for Jackson Dawes by Celia Bryce

Megan Bright and Jackson Dawes are two teenagers who first meet each other on the hospital ward where they are both being treated for cancer. Megan is scared and worried about her illness, but Jackson seems to be an old hand, having been on the ward for ages. And everybody loves Jackson! He is a whirlwind of life and energy, warmth and sparkle. Megan will need to borrow some of Jackson's extraordinary optimism to face her and Jackson's future. A moving story of first love and a remarkably powerful debut novel.

Leeds Book Awards 2014

The Battles of Ben Kingdom by Andrew Beasley

Ways to See a Ghost by Emily Diamand

The Child's Elephant by Rachel Campbell-Johnston

11-14 Shortlist

After Tomorrow by Gillian Cross

The Poison Boy by Fletcher Moss

Geek Girl by Holly Smale

The Killing Woods by Lucy Christopher

Hostage Three by Nick Lake

Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher

The Quietness by Alison Rattle

About the Author

Celia Bryce was born and raised in Jarrow and still lives on Tyneside. She is a teacher of creative writing, writes for the stage and radio and performs in schools, and also fronts a country rock band, The Katy Freeway. Anthem for Jackson Dawes is her first novel.

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240 pages
Interest Age: From 12


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