Emily Barr

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The Truth and Lies of Ella Black

book | Fiction | Mar 2018
World → Penguin Random House (Ed. Ruth Knowles)

Ella Black seems to live the life most other seventeen-year-olds would kill for . . .

Until one day, telling her nothing, her parents whisk her off to Rio de Janeiro. Determined to find out why, Ella takes her chance and searches through their things.

And realises her life has been a lie.

Her mother and father aren't hers at all. Unable to comprehend the truth, Ella runs away, to the one place they'll never think to look - the favelas.

But there she learns a terrible secret - the truth about her real parents and their past. And the truth about a mother, desperate for a daughter taken from her seventeen years ago . . .


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Evoking Ella’s intoxicating new surroundings while skewering the facile assumptions of “poverty tourism”, Barr’s second YA novel is a fast-paced, dramatic search for answers to the secrets of the self.

The Guardian

We loved the colourful setting and pacy plot. If you like dark fiction you’ll devour it.

Heat Magazine

Barr is superb at evoking the heightened emotions of adolescence: the exhilarating thrill of first love, the intensity of fear and rage at adults’ deception and the need to discover one’s own identity. With disturbing undertones, vivid characters and authentic dialogue, this is a worthy successor to her wonderful debut, The One Memory of Flora Banks.

The Daily Mail

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