Reviews

  • "A thought-provoking, richly layered YA novel about politics, love, grief and coming of age."

    Imogen Russell Williams, Guardian
  • "Wonderfully individual and heartbreakingly real"

    starred review, Kirkus
  • "A touching, truthful depiction of an unconventional family life... written before London’s current summer of discontent but captures the effect of a constant climate of unease on young people and the permanently anxious adults who care for them."

    Geraldine Brennan, Observer
  • "A clever, thoughtful novel with a wonderfully realistic main character"

    Sarah Webb, Irish Independent
  • "It’s refreshing to see a contemporary YA novel that focuses so much on family and politics and allows its heroine to escape the narrative without a boyfriend in tow"

    Claire Hennessy, Irish Times
  • "A sparky and timely coming-of-age tale about politics, activism & morality"

    Katherine Woodfine
  • "Family tensions and uncertainty are contrasted against the current political situation in this excellent novel"

    Marilyn Brocklehurst, Guardian, The Best New Children's Books supplement
  • "I loved it, so much so that as soon as I finished I started reading it again. Completely brilliant"

    Keren David, author of Salvage
  • "I couldn’t put Troublemakers down. It's a real page-turner, with utterly believable characters who are all trying to do their best. Barter is a fresh, exciting new voice, and I can’t wait to see what she does next."

    Susin Nielsen
  • "I think it's really brilliant and I absolutely loved it – the voice is terrific. I hope it's loved as much as Jenny Downham's Unbecoming."

    Aoife Walsh, author of Too Close To Home