ACHUKA Book of the Day 17 May 2o22
“A compelling and unforgettable read exploring the issues and difficulties faced by young people growing up in care. A short but profoundly affecting novella this is a book to read in one sitting and talk about at length.” Library Lady
“A true window into the life of another, Needle is a must-read for its emotive themes and opportunities for discussion.” Just Imagine
“A profoundly poignant YA story of an angry, hurt young teenager enmeshed in an inimical system.” Guardian
Published by Barrington Stoke for YA audience but with accessible reading age, this is a powerful and heart-rending exploration of a teenager’s journey through grief, rage and getting caught in the criminal justice system.
Charlene is a demon knitter. It’s the only thing she enjoys and the only thing she believes she’s really good at. So when her foster mum’s son destroys her latest creation, Charlene loses it and stabs him in the hand with her knitting needle. It damages a nerve and she gets sucked into the criminal justice system for assault. Charlene’s not sorry and she’s never apologised to anyone in her life. But people keep telling her that if she says sorry, they’ll go easier on her. Can she bring herself to say it and not mean it when her freedom’s at stake?
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