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This is a sensitive, often funny and thoroughly engaging story of teenagers coming to terms with who they are. It’s easy to think in these liberal times that anything goes, but teens will be quick to point out that growing up is as difficult as it’s ever been. It’s particularly hard for David, one of the two central characters in this assured debut. David has known since the age of eight that he wants to be a girl. Teased as a freak at school, he feels he can’t even tell his family. New boy Leo seems to have problems too and when the two become friends they discover they have more in common than they ever thought. This ultra-readable, highly entertaining story could also provide readers with some much needed reassurance that normal is as normal does.
Shortlisted for The Branford Boase Award 2016. Winner of the Older Fiction category of The Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2016.
Hear Lisa Williamson reading from her novel.
Two boys. Two secrets. David Piper has always been an outsider. His parents think he's gay. The school bully thinks he's a freak. Only his two best friends know the real truth - David wants to be a girl. On the first day at his new school Leo Denton has one goal - to be invisible. Attracting the attention of the most beautiful girl in year 11 is definitely not part of that plan. When Leo stands up for David in a fight, an unlikely friendship forms. But things are about to get messy. Because at Eden Park School secrets have a funny habit of not staying secret for long ...
Teens love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.
'A sensational, heart-warming and life-affirming debut. Lisa Williamson writes witty, charming characters you can't help but root for' - James Dawson
'The Art of Being Normal is the best YA novel I've read this year. David and Leo are unforgettable characters whose story will break your heart - and then mend it again. A truly remarkable debut; I can't recommend it highly enough. Everyone - and I mean EVERYONE - should read this incredible book' - Cat Clarke
This book is anything but normal - it is extraordinary. My book of 2015. - Non Pratt
|Publication date:||2nd January 2020|
|Publisher:||David Fickling Books|
|Suitable for:||13+ readers, YA readers|
|Genres:||Family / Home Stories, General Fiction, Personal Social Health Economic , Self-Awareness / Self-Esteem, Sex Education|
|Recommendations:||Reviewed by Children|
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
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