by Patrice Lawrence

On Sale: 05/05/2022


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by Patrice Lawrence

On Sale: 05/05/2022


About the Book

A powerful and heart-rending exploration of a teenager’s journey through grief, rage and getting caught in the criminal justice system from award-winning author Patrice Lawrence.

Charlene is a demon knitter. It’s the only thing she enjoys and the only thing she believes she’s really good at.

So when her foster mum’s son destroys her latest creation, Charlene loses it and stabs him in the hand with her knitting needle. It damages a nerve and she gets sucked into the criminal justice system for assault.

Charlene's not sorry and she’s never apologised to anyone in her life. But people keep telling her that if she says sorry, they’ll go easier on her. Can she bring herself to say it and not mean it when her freedom’s at stake?

Critical Praise

"A profoundly poignant YA story of an angry, hurt young teenager enmeshed in an inimical system, by an award-winning author" – The Guardian

"A brilliantly accomplished, heart-tripping, contemporary novella which will let the young people in your life know they have been heard" – Letterbox Library

"A complete page-turner that had me holding back the tears and wanting to dive into the book and make Charlene’s world better. A brilliantly told-heart aching insight into the care system, broken homes, family and knitting!" – Joseph Coelho, author

"Gripping, important and powerful. Made me weep with both anger and hope” – Sophie Anderson, author

"A true window into the life of another, Needle is a must-read … Patrice Lawrence's writing hits readers like a shock wave" – Just Imagine


Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781800901018
  • ISBN 10: 1800901011
  • Imprint: Barrington Stoke
  • On Sale: 05/05/2022
  • Pages: 128
  • List Price:14.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Prejudice & Racism
  • BISAC2 : YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Family / Adoption
  • BISAC3 : YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Class Differences
  • BISAC5 : YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Diversity & Multicultural

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