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Being Billy

Written by Phil Earle

Featured Books for 13+ readers General Fiction Recommended Children's eBooks

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Shortlisted for the 2012 Branford Boase Award for outstanding Debut novel.

A Lovereading4kids 'Great Read' you may have missed 2011 selection.

Billy's been in a care home almost all his life and as far as he's concerned, he's on his own. He's angry with the system, the social workers and the mother who gave him away.  His little brother and sister keep him going, though they can't keep him out of trouble. But he isn't being difficult on purpose. Billy's just being Billy. He can't be anything else. Can he?

The Branford Boase judges said: “Extremely emotionally intelligent; the voice never falters. Excellent descriptions of how the character feels. It made me cry!”

The Branford Boase Award shortlist 2012:

Long Lankin - Lindsey Barraclough

Being Billy - Phil Earle

Small Change for Stuart - Lissa Evans

Everybody Jam - Ali Lewis

Sky Hawk - Gill Lewis

A Beautiful Lie - Irfan Master

My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece - Annabel Pitcher

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Being Billy Synopsis

Shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2012.

A Lovereading4kids 'Great Read' you may have missed 2011 selection.

"Faces flashed before my eyes. And for every face there was a time that they had let me down. Each punch that landed was revenge, my chance to tell them I hadn't forgotten what they did." Eight years in a care home makes Billy Finn a professional lifer. And Billy's angry - with the system, the social workers, and the mother that gave him away.

Being Billy Press Reviews

Praise for Being Billy from some favourite authors:

'a wonderful book' - Morris Glietzman

'Phil Earle writes starkly but sensitively in this brilliant page-turning novel. It moved me to tears.' - Jacqueline Wilson

'Moving and powerful.  I loved it' - Sophie Mckenzie

'a total page-turner...spiky, brave and compassionate' - Jenny Downham

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ISBN: 9780141331355
Publication date: 06/01/2011
Publisher: Puffin Books an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780141331355
Publication date: 6th January 2011
Author: Phil Earle
Publisher: Puffin Books an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 272 pages
Suitable for: 13+ readers
Genres: General Fiction
Recommendations: eBooks
Other Categories: All Shortlists and Winners

About Phil Earle

Phil Earle  was born and raised in Hull. His first job was as a care worker in a children’s home. Phil then chose the more sedate life of a bookseller, and now works in children’s publishing. He is the author of several award-winning novels including Being Billy which won the 2012 weRead Award and was shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award. He lives in Yorkshire

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