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!”
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