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28 December 2016

I'll Be Home for Christmas Stripes Anthology

I already love anthologies, but I'll Be Home For Christmas from Stripes went straight into my favourites. There really is something for everyone, and I loved how many amazing UKYA authors wrote their own take on the theme.

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The UK's top Young Adult authors join together in this collection of new stories and poems on the theme of home.

Contributors include: Tom Becker, Holly Bourne, Sita Brahmachari, Kevin Brooks, Melvin Burgess, Katy Cannon , Cat Clarke, Juno Dawson, Julie Mayhew, Non Pratt, Marcus Sedgwick, Lisa Williamson and Benjamin Zephaniah.

£1 from the sale of every book will be donated to Crisis, the national homelessness charity.

To find out more about Crisis, see

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5 Words: Home, Christmas, family, friendship, warmfuzzies.


Just a peek at the names contributing and you *know* it's going to be special, before you even open this book up. And once you do? Well, I was blown away.

As a collection, I think this worked fantastically. There was something for everyone to love within these pages, and I loved the range of styles and interpretations of the central theme. I do have my favourites, but there wasn't a single story I disliked.

At the end of each story - and the poem - I wanted more. The authors wrote with such passion and compassion that I was sucked right into each world, despite often being outside of my comfort zone. There were a few surprise stories in this book; as varied as I knew that content was going to be, I was a little blindsided by some of them (what is going on?) and I loved that my expectations were blown away.

This is a very special book.

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