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February 2017 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: unmissable, the teenage trials and tribulations of a middle child | In Mia Campbell-Richardson, Lisa Williamson has created one of the stroppiest, most self-absorbed heroines ever to grace the pages of a novel. The middle of three daughters, Mia has convinced herself that she is unloved and overlooked by her parents in favour of her awe-inspiringly successful sisters. Indeed, when Grace, Cambridge-bound big sister returns home from her gap year pregnant – to the shock of all – Mia responds by laughing; it’s hardly surprising the atmosphere at home is tense. No matter how badly she behaves however, readers will remain on Mia’s side, such is the skill and sensitivity of Williamson’s portrait of a girl who for all her outward confidence is as nervous and insecure on the inside as the rest of us. As the story unfolds Mia has to acknowledge her anxieties, and that helps her renew relationships with her family. Sharply observed, painfully honest in its depictions of young teens, this is another impressive novel from one of the most exciting young authors around.
A message from the author, Lisa Williamson: “I like writing about people who are different from me and Mia most definitely fits the bill. She's everything I wasn't as a teenager – loud, confident, brash and daring. I'd have probably been terrified of her, at the same time as secretly wanting to be in her squad. I think that's perhaps why I wanted to get inside her head so much. I wanted to break down the mystique of the coolest girl in the year and actually get to know the person behind the big hair and fiery attitude.
As I kind of suspected, there was a lot more than meets the eye. ‘All About Mia’ is a story about sisters, discovering and accepting your strengths and weaknesses and learning to forgive the people you love. It's chaotic and funny and moody and unexpected – just like its heroine – and I can't wait for you to enter Mia's world. I've absolutely loved getting to know Mia, the good, the bad and everything between. As I prepare to unleash her on the world, I really hope you do too!”
One family, three sisters.
Grace, the oldest: straight-A student.
Audrey, the youngest: future Olympic swimming champion.
And Mia, the mess in the middle.
Mia is wild and daring, great with hair and selfies, and the undisputed leader of her friends - not attributes appreciated by her parents or teachers. When Grace makes a shock announcement, Mia hopes that her now-not-so-perfect sister will get into the trouble she deserves. But instead, it is Mia whose life spirals out of control - boozing, boys and bad behaviour - and she starts to realise that her attempts to make it All About Mia might put at risk the very things she loves the most.
Mia's comical, infuriating and touching story will draw you in and keep you hooked - BookTrust
A tumultuous but poignant tale about family, friendship and being a sister - The Sun
A zingy rites of passage novel filled with warmth and insight - Financial Times
Praise for The Art of Being Normal:
A life-changing and life-saving book Philip Pullman;
A sensational, heart-warming and life-affirming debut. Lisa Williamson writes witty, charming characters you can't help but root for. Juno Dawson
Impressive and affecting Guardian
Passionate and gripping...a powerful tale of a transgender teenager's struggle with identity Telegraph
I can't recommend it highly enough. Everyone - and I mean EVERYONE - should read this incredible book. Cat Clarke
|Publication date:||2nd February 2017|
|Publisher:||David Fickling Books|
|Suitable for:||13+ readers, YA readers|
|Genres:||Family / Home Stories|
|Recommendations:||Books of the Month, eBooks|
Lisa Williamson was born and grew up in Nottingham. Following a degree in drama, she worked as an actor for over a decade before writing her debut novel: The Art of Being Normal, which went on to win the Waterstones Children's Book Prize in 2016. Lisa is also the author of All About Mia and Paper Avalanche and was one of seven contributors to collaborative novel, Floored. When she's not writing, Lisa loves long walks, long talks, dessert, good books and bad TV. She lives in London. Author photo © Anna HullMore About Lisa Williamson