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Just Another Little Lie

Written by Eve Ainsworth

Key Stage 3 Family / Home Stories General Fiction Personal Social Health Economic (PSHE)

LoveReading View on Just Another Little Lie

Compelling, compassionate novel about alcoholism through the eyes of a teenage daughter picking up pieces for her mum

Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8

From acclaimed author Eve Ainsworth comes this new novella that packs a powerful punch in its openhearted, honest account of a teen girl trying her hardest to cope with her mum’s alcoholism.


Violet has always seen her mum as being “strong, funny and in control”, as a “pretty, glamorous and confident” person who firmly believes, “You have to give a good impression at all times.” In contrast, Violet is “the quiet one …I’m the worrier who can never be confident.” But since her mum’s boyfriend left, Mum’s “it’s just one glass” of wine is starting to have an affect on their family life, with Violet increasingly having to pick-up caring for her little brother when Mum’s too hung-over to get out of bed. As Violet finds more empty bottles around the house, and finds herself having to lie to cover her mum, matters come to a scary head and she knows she has to be brave and seek help.


Truly brilliant at capturing Violet’s conflicted feelings – an excruciating pull between love and anger – this compelling, moving story will engross fans of true-to-life fiction, while casting sensitive light on a tough subject. And, since this is published by the ever-brilliant Barrington Stoke, this book is especially suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers, with its expert attention to vocabulary, layout, font and paper.

Joanne Owen

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Just Another Little Lie Synopsis

Violet's mum hasn't been herself for a while. A few too many glasses of wine in the evening. Mornings when she can't get out of bed. Now Violet's the one looking after her little brother and looking out for empty bottles in Mum's bag. But it's just another little blip. Mum will be fine again soon. She has to be ... How long do blips last for?

Bestselling author Eve Ainsworth tackles the difficult subject of alcohol addiction in this stark, honest and deeply moving novella.

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 13+

Book Information

ISBN: 9781781129111
Publication date: 15th August 2020
Author: Eve Ainsworth
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 112 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 3
Topics: Family / Home Stories, General Fiction, Personal Social Health Economic

About Eve Ainsworth

Eve Ainsworth is a public speaker, creative workshop coordinator and award-winning author who draws from her extensive work with teenagers managing emotional and behavioural issues to write authentic, honest and real novels for young people. Eve lives in West Sussex with her husband and two children. Click here to read more about why Eve wrote Seven Days and click here to read more about why Eve wrote Lost.

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