Girl, Aloud
Emily Gale
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UK Price: £6.99
Format: Paperback
Age: 10+
Size: 198x129mm
Extent: 288pp
ISBN: 978-1-906427-20-7
Publication date: November 2009
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Kass Kennedy is in trouble.

Her manically ‘up-and-down’ dad has finally lost it. He’s entered her for The X Factor. This would be slightly less of a crisis if: 1. She could sing; 2. Any tiny bit of her wanted to be a star, and; 3. If she hadn’t just lost her two best friends over a boy in brown boots.

How is she going to get out of it with her sanity, friendships and family still intact?

Hilariously explores the hopes, dreams and non-existent singing talent of 15-year old Kass, but also depicts a family coping with parental depression – and is funnier, more moving and original for it.

'Addictive. Original. True.'
Joanna Nadin, Author
' ... complex, lovely, real characters.'
Jaclyn Moriarty, Author

"The personality of GIRL, ALOUD is a lot like me - moments of darkness relieved by splashes of light - and contains several of the topics I think about a lot: families, female friendships, mental illness and the cult of celebrity.

I took part in YA author Simmone Howell's "Anatomy of a Novel" series for those who would like more detail about the thoughts behind GIRL, ALOUD.

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