I Have No Secrets
Electric Monkey, 2017
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Penny Joelson was born in London where she still lives with her husband and two children. She began working with disabled people when she was a teenager, which gave her inspiration for this novel and its insights. Penny runs 'Creative Writing for Children' workshops at City Lit and is currently working on her next novel.
Jemma knows who did the murder. She knows because he told her. And she can’t tell anyone. Fourteen-year-old Jemma has severe cerebral palsy. Unable to communicate or move, she relies on her family and carer for everything. She has a sharp brain and inquisitive nature, and knows all sorts of things about everyone. But when she is confronted with this terrible secret, she is utterly powerless to do anything. Though that might be about to change...
Penny has also worked as a primary school teacher, a leader on holidays for severely disabled children and as a magician.
Follow her on Twitter: @pennyjoelson
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Ella from Benton Park:
Miss Busby from Corpus Christi Catholic College: