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Shortlisted for The Branford Boase Award 2019
Mel Darbon’s contemporary love story stars Rosie, who is 16 and has Down’s syndrome; and Jack, who attends the same college in a specialist unit. When Jack, who has anger management issues, is sent away to a residential treatment centre, Rosie is determined to see him again, whatever it takes. Her father disapproves of their relationship, so Rosie is very much on her own in this.
It’s very rare to find a novel for YA readers narrated in the first person by a disabled character and Rosie’s voice is unique and feels totally authentic. Her journey is as challenging as you’d imagine, and dangerous too, and readers will finish the book full of love and admiration for Rosie and with a better understanding of the difficulties faced by those with disabilities. Highly recommended.
Rosie loves Jack. Jack loves Rosie. So when they're separated, Rosie will do anything to find the boy who makes the sun shine in her head. Even run away from home. Even struggle across London and travel to Brighton, though the trains are cancelled and the snow is falling. Even though people might think a girl like Rosie could never survive on her own. See the world through new eyes in this one-in-a-million story.
“A story about the power of love and the importance of remembering that those with disabilities should not be defined by them.” Mail on Sunday (YA Book of the Month, Sept. 2018)
“an enthralling story of resolve and grit... a moving and uplifting novel.” Imogen Russell Williams, The Guardian
“Passionate and inclusive, it’s a compelling quest for love and independence.” The Observer
“An absorbing read in which the author’s knowledge and research of learning disabilities always ensures an authentic voice.” BookTrust
“Rosie's voice is real, honest and brave and you'll be rooting for her throughout.” Helen Boyle, WRD XTRA
|Publication date:||30th August 2018|
|Publisher:||Usborne Publishing Ltd|
|Suitable for:||YA readers|
|Genres:||Crime / Mystery, Romance / Relationship Stories, Personal Social Health Economic|
Mel spent a large part of her childhood inventing stories to keep her autistic brother happy on car journeys. Having worked as a theatre designer and freelance artist, as well as teaching young adults with learning disabilities and running creative workshops for teenage mums, young offenders and toddlers, Mel now writes young adult novels. She is a recent graduate of Bath Spa's MA in Writing For Young People, where she found a channel to give voice to young people who otherwise might not be heard. Rosie Loves Jack is her first book.More About Mel Darbon
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