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Home Girl


When Naomi, a fourteen-year-old white girl, is placed with a black foster care family, her life takes some dramatic twists and turns.

Forthcoming: 9/3/19

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What people are saying…

“Another powerful and poignant novel deftly created by one of the most prolific master novelists on either side of the pond. Home Girl is a page-turner, with not a dull moment. Loved it from the rooter to the tooter.”
—Eric Jerome Dickey, New York Times best-selling author of Before We Were Wicked

Included in Publishers Weekly’s Fall 2019 Children’s Sneak Previews

Praise for Alex Wheatle:

Winner of the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2016
Nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2017
Short-listed for the YA Book Prize 2018

“Alex Wheatle is the real deal; he writes with heart and authenticity, books that make you laugh and worry and cry and hold your breath. It’s a pity there’s only one of him.”
—Kit de Waal, author of My Name Is Leon


Part of our Black Sheep imprint for young readers.

This isn’t my home. Haven’t had a proper home since . . . This is just somewhere I’ll be resting my bones for a week and maybe a bit. This time next year you’ll forget who I am. I haven’t got a diddly where I’ll be by then. But I’m used to it.

New from the UK-based best-selling black British author and winner of the Guardian Children’s Book Award, Home Girl is the story of Naomi, a teenage girl growing up fast in the foster care system. It is a wholly modern story which sheds a much-needed light on what can be an unsettling life—and the consequences that follow when children are treated like pawns on a family chessboard.

Home Girl is fast-paced and funny, tender, tragic, and full of courage—just like Naomi. It is Alex Wheatle’s most moving and personal novel to date.

Book Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Published: 9/3/19
  • IBSN: 9781617757532
  • e-IBSN: 9781617757716


ALEX WHEATLE, one of the most-read black British writers, is the author of several best-selling books including the modern classic Brixton Rock, and the multi–award winning Crongton series. He was awarded an MBE for his services to literature in 2008, has been twice nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal, and has won numerous other awards. He lives in South London. Home Girl is his latest novel.

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