Winner of this year’s Older Fiction Category at the Waterstones Childrens Fiction Prize, The Art Of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson is an Amnesty International endorsed book that tells the story of David, a boy who has always been an outsider. ‘His parents think he’s gay. The school bully thinks he’s a freak. Only his two best friends know the truth: David wants to be a girl.” In the story, David makes an unlikely friendship with new kid Leo Denton, but things are going to get messy, and secrets don’t stay secret for long.
Lisa formerly worked as an administrator for the Gender Identity Development Service at the Tavistock Centre, and her experience of working with the LGBTQ+ community really shows in this thought-provoking and powerful book.
We at the Gateway Radio Club think that this book is important because it discusses the issues that affect so many teens in every day society, and it can play a vital part in starting conversations that are vital for us to have.
It’s a really interesting book to read, with characters that you want to know more about, and it was just so great to read.
We all gave the book a 4/5 rating.
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