Rosie Loves Jack
On this shortlist:
Mel Darbon spent a large part of her childhood inventing stories to keep her autistic brother happy on car journeys. She won’t mention the time spent with him standing by level crossings waiting for the InterCity 125 to go past as she wouldn’t want to be labelled a train spotter.
Life took her in many different directions working as a theatre designer, a freelance artist, teaching young adults with learning disabilities and running creative workshops for teenage mums, young offenders and toddlers (though not all together).
Mel now writes young adult novels and is a recent graduate of Bath Spa’s MA in Writing For Young People, where she found a channel to give voice to young people who otherwise might not be heard.
Rosie loves Jack. Jack loves Rosie. So when they’re separated, Rosie will do anything to find the boy who makes the sun shine in her head.
Even run away from home.
Even struggle across London and travel to Brighton, though the trains are cancelled and the snow is falling. Even though people might think a girl like Rosie could never survive on her own.
See the world through new eyes in this unique story.
Rosie Loves Jack is Mel’s first novel.
Mel is currently working on her second novel, which will feature an autistic teenager and a double-decker bus!
Mel has a dog called Alfie.
You can follow Mel on Twitter: @DarbonMel.
Max from King James's School, Knaresborough:
Poppy from King James' School:
Miss Burns from Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School:
Harini from Allerton High School:
Emily G from Allerton High School:
Morven from Benton Park:
Thomas from King James's School, Knaresborough:
Amy from Farnley acadamy:
Jade from Southfield Grange Trust:
L from Manor CE Academy :
Marnie from Cardinal Heenan:
Tabitha from King James's School, Knaresborough:
Amber from Guiseley School:
Molly from Farnley Academy:
Rafeha from Grange Technology College:
Elisha from Cardinal Heenan:
Diana from Grange Technology College:
Mrs Blashill from Southfield Grange Trust:
Sneha from Allerton High School :