Luke Palmer | Published July 2021 | 9781913102395
Nominated for the 2022 CILIP Carnegie medal
Featured on the Sunday Times 2021 Books of the year list
A white supremacist group and its violent leader target fifteen- year-old Josh, who is struggling to cope with his father’s recent death at the hands of terrorists. Will he find the strength to resist, and will unlikely accomplice Dana help him plant something good in the space grief has left inside him?
Grow is a tense and compelling novel of our current social landscape woven through with redemptive strands of friendship, love and nature.
Praise for the book
‘As Melvin Burgess’s Junk was to the dangers of drugs, this cautionary young adult novel is to the threat of radicalisation.’ Nicolette Jones, The Sunday Times, Children’s Book of the Week
‘This unsettling yet compelling debut deserves a place on many bookshelves.’ Claire Hennessy, The Irish Times
‘This book isn’t happy-go-lucky sweet. It’s dark and gripping until the final pages and it is so worth it.’ Anet Rumberg, Paper Lanterns Literary Magazine
‘This book broke my heart and challenged me in so many ways!’ Ashling Brown, AshsWorldOfBooks
‘This was a really compelling but difficult read; there were so many points at which I was desperate for Josh to realise what’s going on/do something about it but it’s all too clear he won’t/can’t because of how angry or scared or stuck or ashamed he feels… never has the phrase emotional roller-coaster felt so apt.’ Bellis Does Books
‘When an author is able to make you stop reading because it is uncomfortable, you know they have done something right… It is exactly what it says in the title. It allows its readers to grow.’ Robyn Spacey, The Book Club Blog
‘With subtle nuance this startling novel will challenge both educators and teenagers – Grow is a gift for KS4 teachers and pastoral coordinators looking for ways to embed PREVENT strategies that will resonate with pupils.’ School Reading List
WHY WE LOVE IT
‘Luke Palmer is a hugely talented new writer, who has given us an unflinching and sadly unavoidable story of insidious white teenage radicalisation in small town England. Grow is also a moving evocation of grief, shot through with redemption.’ Penny Thomas, Editor