Guest Editor - Jenny Downham Guest Editor - Jenny Downham

Actress turned author Jenny Downham burst onto the Young Adult writing scene with her first novel Before I Die which won the Branford Boase Prize in 2008. Her second novel You Against Me is a thrilling, high stakes novel of love across the barricades...


Guest editor's featured books

You Against Me
Jenny Downham
Prize-winning Jenny Downham's debut novel Before I Die was the profoundly moving story of the death of a teenager. Told with immense insight and compassion it showed Jenny's talent for understanding the energetic positivity of teenagers; how, for them,...
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Format: Hardback | Released 02/12/2010
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Before I Die
Jenny Downham
This is a haunting yet truly amazing read but don't read it too young. Definitely not for someone less than 14 years old. If you knew you were going to die what would you want to do? Imagine this from...
Lovereading Price: £5.59 - Saving £1.40 (20%) Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 10/04/2008
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Before I Die (Audio CD)
Jenny Downham
Winner of the Branford Boase Award 2008. This is a haunting yet truly amazing title but don't read it too young. Definitely not for someone less than 14 years old. If you knew you were going to die what would...
Lovereading Price: £12.78 - Saving £3.20 (20%) Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Cd-audio | Released 03/09/2009
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Guest editor's chosen books

Grimm's Fairy Tales
Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm - illustrated by Arthur Rackham
This Calla Edition of fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm is drawn from the mammoth collection first published in 1909 and illustrated by Arthur Rackham. His 40 full-colour plates, plus innumerable black-and-white spot elements, get sensitive treatment in a design...
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Format: Hardback | Released 29/10/2010
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Z for Zachariah
Robert C. O'Brien
January 2011 Guest Editor Jenny Downham on a classic of apocalyptic science fiction: "Written as a documentary novel, Z for Zachariah explores the nightmare situation faced by two people who believe they are the last humans left on earth. This...
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Format: Paperback | Released 26/02/1998
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The Orchard Book of Greek Myths
Geraldine McCaughrean - illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark
Jenny Downham, January 2011 Guest Editor, chose this book: "I was given a book of Greek myths by my brother for my 11th birthday, I reread it so many times it fell apart in my hands and all these years...
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Format: Hardback | Released 27/08/1992
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Moominland Midwinter
Tove Jansson
January 2011 Guest Editor Jenny Downham: "I wish I'd written every single one of Tove Jansson's Moomin series, but forced to choose I'll pick number five, Moominland Midwinter, because it's darker and more introspective than the earlier books, with just...
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Format: Hardback | Released 07/10/2010
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100 Best Poems For Children
Roger Mcgough
Age 7+ 100s of poems chosen by school children all around the UK was the starting point for this collection. Roger McGough then paired the list down to just 100 contemporary and classic poems. January 2011 Guest Editor Jenny Downham:...
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Format: Paperback | Released 03/10/2002
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Reader ReviewedThe Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian
Sherman Alexie
A favourite of Jenny Downham, January 2011 Guest Editor: "This is a book I discovered only recently. It made me jealous because the writing is so acute and the writer so talented! It delighted me for the very same reasons. ...
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Format: Paperback | Released 05/06/2008
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Jenny Downham our first Guest Editor of 2011.

Jenny Downham Author

Jenny, mother to two sons, took up writing to use up the 'playful energy' she been used to expending when she was an actress running improvisation workshops and putting on plays to youth clubs, prisons and mental hospitals and we are very glad she did.

And, exclusively with Lovereading4kids, as our Guest Editor, Jenny has kindly agreed to share with us those books that have influenced and inspired her either as a child or during her writing journey. We hope you enjoy both her titles and her Guest Editor selections…

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