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Written by Patrice Lawrence

Key Stage 3 Key Stage 4 Family / Home Stories Gritty Reads

LoveReading View on Needle

Storytelling high on impact and insight as a young girl struggles to keep her life from unravelling

May 2022 Book of the Month - Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8

Patrice Lawrence’s new book for Barrington Stoke is heartrending and thought-provoking, a taut first-person narrative that many will find themselves reading in one sitting. 15-year-old Charlene is struggling to say in control of her life. She’s been in care since her mother died two years ago and desperately misses her little sister, who is living with her own father. Knitting is Charlene’s therapy, the click, click, click of the needles helping her find calm, but the pressures she faces at school and outside are overwhelming. An act of cruelty against her leads Charlene to rage and violence. As the security she has known unravels, readers will understand her despair and frustration, particularly at the constant demands on her to be sorry. Written to be accessible to all readers, Needle lets us see through someone else’s eyes, highlighting the restrictive effects of society’s expectations of individuals. Vivid, powerful and unforgettable.

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic teen readers 

Andrea Reece

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Needle Synopsis

Award-winning author Patrice Lawrence explores the harsh reality of the criminal justice system for young people in this riveting teen drama.

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?

Needle Press Reviews

Praise for Patrice Lawrence;

“Fresh and important ... Patrice Lawrence is a hot name in publishing” The Times

“Distinguished by brilliant nuanced characterisation” The Guardian

Book Information

ISBN: 9781800901018
Publication date: 5th May 2022
Author: Patrice Lawrence
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 128 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4
Topics: Family / Home Stories, Gritty Reads, Racism / Multi-Culturalism

About Patrice Lawrence

A World Book Day Author 2019 Patrice Lawrence was born in Brighton and brought up in an Italian-Trinidadian household in Mid Sussex. Patrice lives in east London and shares a cat called Stormageddon. She has been writing for as long as she has been reading. She loves crime fiction, sci-fi and trying to grow things. Her ideal mixtape includes drum 'n' bass, Bruce Springsteen and Studio Ghibli soundtracks. Music can't help creeping into her books. Her debut novel, Orangeboy, won the Waterstone's Book Prize for Older Readers and the YA Book Prize, and her second novel, Indigo Donut, won the Crime ...

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