'...this poignant and disarming story is full of heart and its crescendo will give you tingles' Attitude Magazine
'Outstanding' Irish Examiner
Sam has known his sister Jessica all his life. Tonight is the first time they're going to meet.
Sam Waver has always been a loner: bullied, struggling at school, with parents who have very little time for him. The one person he has always been able to rely on is his beloved older sibling - but when they announce that they are transitioning, Sam's life is thrown upside down. He's convinced nothing will ever be the same again - but as Sam is about to discover, nothing is more constant than love.
A moving and heartfelt portrait of one family's journey to acceptance, from a master storyteller.
'A story with so much heart that the pages practically pulse. Both funny and moving... this is a must-read for all ages' Irish Independent
...this poignant and disarming story is full of heart and it's crescendo will give you tingles
John Boyne made his name with The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas and he's on stellar form in My Brother's Name is Jessica. A sensitively written and timely tale.
A story with so much heart that the pages practically pulse. Both funny and moving... this is a must-read for all ages
A sincere and very readable attempt to educate young people about the trans experience and foster acceptance
John Boyne adds his deft sensitivity to the complex topic of transgenderism
It's all sorts of amazing
A story with so much heart that the pages practically pulse. A moving, thought-provoking, surprising read - don't miss it!
Praise for John Boyne: "A novelist at the top of his game"
John Boyne, bestselling author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, chats to Nihal Arthanayake about harnessing ideas around his new YA book My Brother's Name is Jessica.
From John Boyne to Jan Carson, here are four books the Penguin Ireland team can’t wait to start reading this Spring.
John Boyne’s A Ladder to the Sky tells a timely tale of the lies, ambition and manipulation of a ruthless writer with great talent but no imagination. Maurice Swift, a would-be author who befriends an older novelist to further his career is the main character. Here, John Boyne introduces an extract by explaining his motivation.