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By Jenny Downham   

Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9780545907170 Hardcover
384 Pages | 5.85" x 8.63" | Ages 14 & Up

Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9780545907323 Ebook
384 Pages | Ages 14 & Up

International bestseller Jenny Downham’s new novel celebrates life across three generations of women!

A truly powerful multi-generational novel from international bestseller Jenny Downham that celebrates life in a way no other book has done before. Spanning three generations of women in one family, Jenny sensitively addresses dementia, single motherhood and teenage angst.

Raves & reviews:

Praise for Unbecoming:

“Downham keenly weaves together musings, revelations, confrontations, and poignancy. Her prose gets right down inside human fragility, tenderness, fury, gusto, and strength—leaving sweet, sharp images that are impossible to forget. Exceptional.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Praise for Before I Die:

*“ Lucid language makes a painful journey bearable, beautiful and transcendent.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“ The eloquent dying teen can seem a staple of the YA novel, but this British debut completely breaks the mold. Downham holds nothing back in her wrenching and exceptionally vibrant story.” —Publisher’s Weekly, starred review