Winner of the YoungMinds Book Award This was a self-publishing YA phenomenon in and winner of the above award beating the likes of Julia Donaldson and Bali Rai. Then it was bought by Egmont in order to get this terrific debut to a wider audience. Poignant, uplifting and funny, with a truly authentic young teen voice, this is an absorbing tale about never giving up on your dreams, no matter how tough life gets. The story deals with some really tough emotional issues, offering comfort, hope and joy. I hope you love this book as much as I do.

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And waiting for other people to make me happy and they dont. And if no-one else is going to make you happy, well maybe you just have to do it for yourself? The book explores the social media of e-mails and how a most unlikely friendship can be formed through the internet.

The book was heart-warming and totally frost-free as Georgie would say! Banned from going to the local drama workshop by her bully of a step-dad and her increasingly fragile mum, she is stuck with six long weeks of looking after her tooth-fairy obsessed kid sister. Sick of feeling like the outsider at home and at school, she starts emailing the one person she thinks might understand; Dylan Curtland, star of the popular soap opera Jessop Close.

And when Dylan starts emailing back, Georgie finally feels a spark of hope. At last she has someone who really gets her, someone who really wants to help! But all is not what it seems in the faceless world of e-mails Her emails are funny, thoughtful, amusing, insightful and frequently made me laugh and smile, as well as feel genuine empathy and compassion for her situation.

Why would a famous actor take the time out to e-mail Georgie? I loved Nan. Georgie was more like a servant than a daughter, He would always be down at the bookies or drunk or sleeping on the sofa and would leave his daughter to be looked after by her or her mum, Angelica. Finally, she would be able to do something she wanted. I was so angry and frustrated when I read what he did. I was so glad when her mum turned up after the performance, naively thinking that everything was fine and she had managed to persuade Tone-Deaf to let her watch.

What kind of He went back to their house to try and beat them up for landing him in jail in the first place and in the process terrorised his young daughter and then like an idiot, he still thought she would prefer to come to him, rather thsn Angelica and Georgie, who have practically looked after her her entire life and not hurt a hair on her head!


Dear Dylan

Siobhan Curham is a name to watch. It is a story that reminds us of the power of true friendships. Booktrust would like to congratulate Siobhan Curham on a wonderful achievement. While the correspondence in Dear Dylan is fictional, Charing Cross are actual letters shared between two fascinating yet normal people.



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