We’re so excited to be welcoming award-winning author (and long-time friend of Pages) Patrice Lawrence for a virtual event celebrating the arrival of her new YA book, SPLINTERS OF SUNSHINE. Patrice will be joined in conversation via Instagram Live by Fen Coles of Letterbox Library.
I pick up the envelope . . . As I rip down the sides, there’s loads of paper bursting out; stuck on flowers, dandelions, roses . . . Spey recently received two surprises. The first: his ex-prisoner dad turning up unannounced, and the second: a mysterious package containing torn-up paper flowers.
Spey instantly recognises it as a collage he made with his old friend Dee, and decides she must be in danger, but there are no clues to her whereabouts.
There’s only one person he knows who can help to track her down . . . On a road trip like no other, will Spey and his dad find Dee, before it’s too late?
Patrice Lawrence is a Brighton-born writer fuelled by anger to write stories that pick away at social injustice. (Others call these ‘issue books’, but meh!) She has won the odd prize. Her most recent book for teenagers, SPLINTERS OF SUNSHINE, explores friendship, fatherhood, grief – and wildflowers.
Dr Fen Coles is a co-director at Letterbox Library, a 36-year-old, not-for-profit children’s booksellers specialising in equality, diversity and inclusion. She also co-runs the Little Rebels Award for Radical Children’s Fiction and is on the Steering Committee for the CLPE’s (Centre for Literacy in Primary Education) Reflecting Realities Project. Before joining Letterbox Library in 2005, Fen worked for over 10 years in the charity sector within several women’s and LGBTQ+ rights organisations and was a tutor in Lesbian Cultural Studies at Warwick University.
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