Saving Daisy by Phil Earle

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Shortlisted for the 2013 Leeds Book Award. This is a powerful and moving story linked to Phil Earle's critically acclaimed debut book, Being Billy.

A Review by Katy Poulter, age 12

Saving Daisy was better than I thought it would be as the cover isn’t great but once I got into the book, I quite enjoyed it. Daisy was very unfortunate with everything that had happened to her and what was even more unfortunate was that she blamed herself for it. She was a very easy character to relate to because everyone has had a time in their life when they have felt a little like Daisy did and if you haven’t, you are very lucky. I was almost shouting at the book when Daisy started smoking and drinking because I knew she was better and more intelligent than that which I think shows that it was written in a believable way so the characters become real. I liked how it was so well thought out with how realistic it all was and how the writer used his strengths when writing. I felt that there was something missing for it to really engage me and for it to stick in my mind as an amazing book.

Katy Poulter is a member of the Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel but she has reviewed this novel in the first instance for the Leeds Book Award as it is one of the 2013 shortlisted titles. The organisers have kindly agreed to let us also make use of Katy's review.


Saving Daisy by Phil Earle

Daisy's mum is gone. Her dad refuses to talk about it. As far as Daisy's concerned, it's all her fault. As her life starts to spiral out of control, panic leads to tragedy and Daisy's left alone. But sometimes the kindness of a stranger can turn things around. A stranger who desperately wants to save Daisy - if she'll only let herself be saved...


With Being Billy and Saving Daisy, Phil Earle has put himself straight into the front rank of YA fiction. Few can touch him for intensity, and none for heart -- Anthony McGowan

Praise for Being Billy :

A wonderful book - Morris Gleitzman.

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

This may be the most authoritative, honest and moving account of children trapped in the care system to date . Keith Gray, Scotsman .

Life-affirming, redemptive, and really just rather good . Marcus Sedgwick, Guardian.

Moving and powerful, I loved it . Sophie McKenzie.

Being Billy was a total page-turner - authentic and gritty. Billy's voice doesn't falter ...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.

Author photo credit David Owens

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352 pages
Interest Age: From 13


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Penguin Books Ltd

Publication date

5th January 2012




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