'Alex Wheatle is the real deal; he writes with heart and authenticity, books that make you laugh and worry and cry and hold your breath. It's a pity there's only one of him' - Kit de Waal * 'I love Alex and all he stands for in the world of literature' - Kerry Hudson * 'Alex Wheatle is an inspirer. He is a vital writer.Â He is a prince among men. Long may he reign' - Lemn Sissay * 'An author with great talent and great heart' - David Almond * 'A major voice in British children's literature' - S F Said * 'Alex is a one of our foremost literary activists, giving voice to the black working class experience with unsurpassed clarity and compassion. For this alone he should be universally considered a national treasure' - Stephen Kelman * 'A writer who knows unseen places, unheard people and untold stories because he has lived a life that might have remained hidden if he hadn't found within him the urge and talent to write' - Yasmin Alibhai-Brown
'This isn't my home.Â Haven't had a proper home since...This is just somewhere I'll be resting my bones for a week and maybe a bit. This time next year you'll forget who I am. I haven't got a diddly where I'll be by then.Â But I'm used to it.'
New from the winner of the Guardian Children's Book Award: Home Girl is the story of Naomi, a teenage girl growing up fast in the care system. It is a wholly modern story which sheds a much needed light on what can be an unsettling life - and the consequences that can follow when children are treated like pawns on a family chessboard.
Home Girl is fast-paced and funny, tender, tragic and full of courage - just like Naomi.Â It is award-winning author Alex Wheatle's most moving and personal novel to date.