All About Mia

All About Mia

Lisa Williamson,

All About Mia

David Fickling Books, 2017

ISBN 9781910989104

14-16 Shortlist 2018


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Who Wrote It?

Lisa Williamson was born in Nottingham in 1980. She spent most of her childhood drawing, daydreaming and making up stories in her head (but never getting round to writing them down). As a teenager she was bitten by the acting bug and at 19 moved to London to study drama at university.

Following graduation, Lisa adopted the stage name of Lisa Cassidy and spent several happy and chaotic years occasionally getting paid to pretend to be other people on TV and on stage. Between acting roles she worked as an office temp and started making up stories all over again, only this time she had a go at writing them down (luckily for us!)

Lisa lives in Walthamstow, where she is lucky enough to split her time between writing and acting. In her spare time she reads a lot of books, continues to daydream and eats way too much ice cream (all good).

What's It About?

Mia Campbell-Richardson, 16, is ballsy, gorgeous and kind of a disaster. Unlike her brilliant sisters, academic Grace, 19, and champion swimmer Audrey, 13, middle child Mia has no idea what she wants to do with her life. Struggling at school, and unable to deal with her parents' easy acceptance of perfect sister Grace's fall from grace, Mia goes into a tailspin.

Fact File

Lisa is an experienced Leeds Book Awards author. Her first book, The Art of Being Normal, won the 14-16 category at the awards in 2016.

To find out more about Lisa visit her website 

or follow her on Twitter: @lisa_letters

Your Reviews

Emily from King James's School:

This can be a very annoying book sometimes, especially when Mia makes poor decisions, which I wouldn't make myself.

Mia is easy to relate to as everyone has felt similar to her in one way or another, feeling different or left out can sometimes cause stress and could knock your confidence.

Emily gave All About Mia 1 out of 5 and now plans to read Noah Can't Even by Simon James Green.

Heather from King James's School:

At first I thought this was just a typical boring book about a typical boring teenager but it's actually really good. The book really tackles sibling relationships and the importance of communication.

I am glad the story didn't take a darker turn which I believed it would at one point. I also love how it tackles important topics whilst still having humour and emotion. The ending of this book also made me cry a lot because it was just so perfect, even after what happened, which shows that things do get better and it gives me hope for the future.

Heather gave All About Mia 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Thornhill by Pam Smy.