Hayley Long: Sophie Someone, Being a Girl, Downside Up, What’s Up with Jody Barton?

Hayley was born in Ipswich ages ago and grew up by the sea in Felixstowe. Aged seventeen, she looked at a map of Britain and wondered where might be the best place to do a degree in English.  Hayley chose Aberystwyth.  This was the start of a lifelong love affair with Aberystwyth.

Amongst other things, Hayley has been a waitress, a cinema usherette, a shoe shop Lottie Biggs coverassistant, a barmaid, a barge hand, a tent cleaner, a tour guide, a children’s entertainer, a DJ and an English teacher.  Some of those jobs were a lot more fun than others.  It was while Hayley was teaching in Cardiff that she wrote Lottie Biggs is not Mad. It was awarded a White Raven Award by the International Youth Library in Munich.  Since then, Hayley’s fingers haven’t stopped typing.  Hayley has been a winner of the Essex Book Award and shortlisted twice for the Costa Children’s Book Award.  Hayley’s next novel will be out in 2017.  It will be partly set in Aberystwyth.  Hayley lives in Norwich with her husband and a house rabbit.

Find her on her website.

Sophie Sophie Someone coverSomeone: Sophie Nieuwenleven is sort ofEnglish and sort of Belgian. Sophie and her family came to live in Belgium when she was only four or five years old, but she’s fourteen now and has never been quite sure why they left England in the first place. Then, one day, Sophie makes a startling discovery. Finally Sophie can unlock the mystery of who she really is. This is a story about identity and confusion – and feeling so utterly freaked out that you just can’t put it into words. But it’s also about hope. And the belief that, somehow, everything will work out OK.Being A Girl cover

Being A Girl: Being a girl is not all sugar and spice. How can you possibly survive school and even think about talking to your crush when you have spots in places you didn’t even know you had, your boobs are too big (or too small) and the friend drama is off the charts? Luckily, bestselling YA author and sixth-form teacher Hayley Long provides a straight-talking guide to puberty – from cattiness to kisses, and everything in between. With witty black-and-white illustrations by Gemma Correll throughout, BEING A GIRL tells you everything you need to know about surviving puberty, in an honest and humorous way.

Downside Up coverDownside Up: Ronnie is totally bored. She lives in a crap, boring town with her crap, boring family, and all she wants is to escape and have the kind of life she reads about in magazines. Sometimes Ronnie makes stuff up, just to keep things interesting. Not lies, exactly, more like massive, outrageous, whopping great fibs. The thing is, people have stopped believing anything she says – she’s turning into The Girl Who Cried ‘Beyonce is Totally My Cousin’s Best Friend’. Then one day Ronnie gets knocked out in a head to head dodgem collision. When she wakes up, her life has been turned u?op ?p!sdn and nothing will ever be the same again.

What's Up With Jody Barton coverWhat’s Up With Jody Barton: It’s hard enough being one half of the world’s least identical twins, without both of you falling for the same guy. Jolene’s turned flirting into a fine art, but Jody? Not so much. And as if a twinny love triangle wasn’t messy enough . . . there’s something nobody knows about Jody Barton. Something BIG. Told with the trademark warmth and laugh-out-loud humour of the much-loved Lottie Biggs books, this is a book that will make you think, with a gobsmacking twist you won’t believe. (Shortlisted for the Costa Book Award 2012)

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