LoveReading4Kids

Becoming a member of the LoveReading4Kids community is free.

No catches, no fine print just unconditional book loving for your children with their favourites saved to their own digital bookshelf.

New members get entered into our monthly draw to win £100 to spend in your local bookshop plus lots lots more...

Find out more

All About Mia

Written by Lisa Williamson

Books of the Month - <b>April</b> Family / Home Stories Featured Books for 13+ readers Featured Books for Young Adults Recommended Children's eBooks

LoveReading View on All About Mia

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.

Recommended for readers who enjoy the trials and tribulations of Mia are Trouble by Non Pratt and The Baby by Lisa Drakeford. ~ Andrea Reece

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!”

All About Mia Synopsis

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.

All About Mia Press Reviews

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

If you loved this, you might like these...

Toffee
The Disconnect
Becoming Jo
My [Secret] YouTube Life

All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781910989111
Publication date: 01/02/2018
Publisher: David Fickling Books
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781910989104
Publication date: 02/02/2017
Publisher: David Fickling Books
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781910989104
Publication date: 2nd February 2017
Author: Lisa Williamson
Publisher: David Fickling Books
Format: Hardback
Suitable for: 13+ readers, YA readers
Genres: Family / Home Stories
Recommendations: Books of the Month, eBooks

About Lisa Williamson

Lisa Williamson won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize in 2016 with her debut novel, The Art of Being Normal which won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize for Older Fiction 2016, and was shortlisted for the YA Book Prize and Branford Boase Award and was the bestselling YA hardback debut of 2015. Lisa was born and grew up in Nottingham. She studied drama at Middlesex University and since graduating has worked as an actor on stage and TV. Between acting jobs Lisa temped in offices across London, typing stories when no one was looking, one of which ...

More About Lisa Williamson

More Books By Lisa Williamson

Cover for Paper Avalanche by Lisa Williamson
Cover for All About Mia by Lisa Williamson
Cover for The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson
View All Books By Lisa Williamson

Share this book

LoveReading
LoveWriting
LoveReading4Schools
NEW INDIE AND SELF PUBLISHED BOOK REVIEW AND PROMOTION SERVICE LAUNCHED!    Read More
×