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Penny Joelson selected for World Book Day 2018 recognition

Story added 9th Jan 2018

Penny Joelson and her novel 'I Have No Secrets'

City Lit creative writing tutor Penny Joelson’s latest novel for young adults has been recognised as one of the recommended reads for World Book Day 2018.

‘I Have No Secrets tells the story of 14 year-old Jemma, who has cerebral palsy. Unable to communicate or move, she relies on her family and carer for everything. She has a sharp brain and inquisitive nature, and knows all sorts of things about everyone. But when she is confronted with this terrible secret, she is utterly powerless to do anything. Though that might be about to change…

Penny’s novel is just one of five ‘Young Adult’ titles being promoted as part of World Book Day, which is the biggest celebration of authors, illustrators, books and reading annually around the world, marked in over 100 countries.

It caps off a remarkable year for Penny, who has also been nominated for the 2018 CLIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medal; shortlisted for the Leeds Book Awards, the Worcestershire Teen Book Awards, the Doncaster Book Awards and the Lewisham Book Awards; and longlisted for the Redbridge Children's Book Awards and the Lancashire Book of the Year Awards. Congratulations Penny!

Penny teaches a number of creative writing courses at City Lit, including a 'Writing for children: workshop' and 'Reading for children's writers (young adult)'.

Find out more about World Book Day here.

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