You Can Hear Me Read from the Book Here…
Today I helped a man I thought might hurt me.
I taught Lizzie to read the word Jesus.
I showed Sicely how to spell her own name.
Tomorrow I’ll lie to Mrs Allen and pray she never finds out.
An extraordinary tale of endurance and hope, My Name’s Not Friday is a beautiful and moving story about the power of belief and the strength of the human spirit, set against the terrifying backdrop of the American Civil War.
It isn’t often I’m lost for words, but that’s how I felt when i finished reading this superb YA novel…A tale of twists and turns, revelations and reversals, and it will keep you utterly gripped. – Tony Bradman, Guardian Review.
This story once read will surely never be forgotten – The Independent
This is an epic, vivid, emotionally involving, thought-provoking novel from a writer of distinction. – Sunday Times Children’s Book of the Week.
I guarantee the best opening to a novel you will read this year – Piers Torday, The Guardian.
Samuel’s endearing, immersive narration makes the novel a fascinating and unforgettable account of a brutal and shameful chapter in America’s history. A heartbreaking story about family, justice and the resilience of the human spirit. – Kirkus Starred Review
The book is a page turner, highly readable, full of vivid characters and suspenseful action, but profound and unsparing in its picture of a shameful system and the brutal war that ended it. An outstanding and rewarding book which should reach the widest possible teenage audience. – School Librarian Journal
I challenge you to read this book and not be in awe – ER Murray, Author
This is a book that seizes you by the shirtfront, leads you by the hand, and slips a kindly little knife up under your ribs; original, subtle and demanding – Imogen Russell Williams, Editorial Consultant
As real and true as any voice you’ll find between the pages of a book – Kieran Fanning- Author
To those classic stories such as Goodnight Mr. Tom by Michelle Magorian and The Kingdom By The Sea by Robert Westall can now be added My Name’s Not Friday – Achuka Review