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Jenny Downham

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Jenny Downham is a British novelist and an ex-actor. She has published two books, Before I Die, the fictional account of the last few months of a sixteen-year-old girl who has been dying of leukeamia for four years. The book is told in the first person. The book was short listed for the 2007 Guardian Award and the 2008 Lancashire Children's Book of the Year, nominated for the 2008 Carnegie Medal and the 2008 Booktrust Teenage Prize, and won the 2008 Branford Boase Award. Jenny lives in London with her two sons.

Genres: Young Adult Romance
   Before I Die (2007)
     aka Now is Good
   You Against Me (2010)
   Unbecoming (2015)
   Furious Thing (2019)
Jenny Downham recommends
Being Billy (2011)
Phil Earle
"Being Billy was a total page-turner - authentic and gritty. Billy's voice doesn't falter... spiky, brave and compassionate."

Anthologies containing stories by Jenny Downham

YA Book Prize Best Young Adult nominee (2016) : Unbecoming
Costa Children's Book Award Best Book nominee (2019) : Furious Thing
YA Book Prize Best Young Adult nominee (2020) : Furious Thing

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