I'll Be Home For Christmas || Book Review


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Title: I'll be home for Christmas
Blurb: 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. GBP1 from the sale of every book will be donated to Crisis, the national homelessness charity. To find out more about Crisis, see Crisis
Rating: 5/5
Genre: Short stories, anthology
Published: September 2016
Source: The Librarian (and her from SLA)
Pages: 384 pages  Goodreads 


I'll Be Home For Christmas is an anthology of short stories on the theme of home contributed to by some of the best and freshest voices in YA today. From the suspense of  astronauts Julie Mayhew to the heart-warming exploration of friendship in Non Pratt, each and every author had something very different to offer on the collective theme of 'home' and 'Christmas'.

Though this at first it seemed like there would be an inevitable disruption of flow because of the very different styles and ideas of each author, this short story book somehow worked very well. Each author took their own spin on the issue of not being home at Christmas, highlighting some very important problems around the world, like children in care and refugees.

And despite the fact that it is at its core it is a Christmas book, there was a surprising amount of diversity in I'll Be Home For Christmas in every single corner: through race, religion and sexuality. This just proved to me how beautifully representative YA literature is!

I would recommend this to everyone looking for a lovely, lazy day read by the fire on the buildup to Christmas, or even (like in my case) when Christmas seemed too far forward in the year to be true. Whatever the occasion, you should still read 'I'll Be Home For Christmas'.

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