A Change Is Gonna Come

A Change Is Gonna Come

A Change Is Gonna Come
Various

Stripes Publishing

ISBN 9781847158390

WINNER OF THE YA BOOK PRIZE SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD 2018 Featuring top Young Adult authors and introducing a host of exciting new voices, this anthology of stories and poetry from BAME writers on the theme of change is a long-overdue addition to the YA scene. Contributors include Tanya Byrne, Inua Ellams, Catherine Johnson, Patrice Lawrence, Ayisha Malik, Irfan Master, Musa Okwonga and Nikesh Shukla. Plus introducing four fresh new voices in YA fiction: Mary Bello, Aisha Bushby, Yasmin Rahman and Phoebe Roy.

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A Change Is Gonna Come5/5

A Change Is Gonna Come

Various

Review

This is a wonderful collection of short stories and I loved it. A wide range of stories written in different styles, covering issues as diverse as identity, OCD, lesbian love, racism, terrorism, Brexit, political change and the passing of time. Some poetry, some first person narrative, some letters; some established writers (including Catherine Johnson, Patrice Lawrence, Ayisha Malik, Irfan Master), others new (Mary Bello, Aisha Bushby, Yasmin Rahman and Phoebe Roy).

The thread running through them all is the theme of 'change'. Though not all have a happy or successful ending, they do all inspire. They all challenge the reader to look at things differently, or in a new way - and to embrace the inevitable changes.

320 pages / Ages 12+ / Reviewed by Jane Welby, school librarian.

Reviewed by: Jane Welby


A Change Is Gonna Come5/5

A Change Is Gonna Come

Various

Review

This is a collection of short stories and poetry by various authors, all of whom come from diverse backgrounds. There is a real range of characters, stories and settings here, but they were all a delight to read - though delight is not what I felt when reading. The stories enclosed in this book are powerful experiences - 'Dear Asha' by Mary Bello had me crying into my tea on a lunch break, Hackney Moon by Tanya Bryne is the story of first love and relationships with a brilliant ending that definitely had me reacting (but I won't say how for fear of spoiling it!). Meanwhile 'Clean Sweep' by Patrice Lawrence and 'We Who?' by Nikesh Shukla talk about incredibly important themes in the current world - punishment, reality dramas, and the media while all the time being focused on the human impact - love, friendship, neglect, bullying and control.

The different stories chart the lives of young people in the UK, America and Nigeria, in refugee camps, and homes, and schools. It represents the world that I know exists, and that so often is lacking from fiction, particularly YA.

The foreword by Darren Chetty is powerfully written, and as 'an expression of hope and intent' the book delivers exactly what it sets out to. This is brilliantly followed by the poem by Musa Okwonga, 'The Elders on the Wall'; 'My choices are two:/Either I stand here,/Chip away at each brick,/Or, turn and run,'. I think we all need to chip at the wall a little harder, and as a starting point I'd recommend you read this book, buy this book, borrow this book. Then, ask publishers for more.

320 pages / Ages 12+ / Reviewed by Alison Tarrant, school librarian.

Reviewed by: Alison Tarrant