Melbourne Writers Fest launch for Because of You

Melbournites! YA lovers! Book people! I'm officially launching my new YA novel, Because of You, at the wonderful Melbourne Writers Festival. This is a big bucket list item for me as the very first literary festival I ever attended was the MWF and Melbourne is my hometown. Yay! It's a free public event so please come and say hello if you can.  

Official blurby thing here:

Join award-winning YA author Pip Harry as she launches her latest novel, Because of You. Inspired by her experiences volunteering at a homeless shelter writing group, the book examines human resilience, mental health and life-changing friendship. Harry appears in conversation with Nikki McWatters.

When: 11.30am, Saturday 2 September
Where: Beer DeLuxe, Fed Square

5 Stars From B+P!

Fizzing with excitement over Books + Publishing's recent 5-star review of Because of You.

If you missed it, here it is:

Tiny is homeless. Nola has everything she could ask for. They meet when Nola is forced into volunteer work for the writers’ group at the homeless shelter where Tiny is staying, and at first it seems impossible that two people who are so different could ever be friends. But despite her initial prejudice, Nola quickly learns that there isn’t much separating her from the people who live on the streets. And Tiny begins to see that falling down doesn’t mean you never get back up. Because of You is a story about homelessness, prejudice and the power of words to provide a little hope. At its heart is the friendship between Tiny and Nola, and how this relationship changes both girls at the core. Pip Harry doesn’t shy away from some heavy topics—Tiny’s story is heartbreaking and the details about life on the streets of Sydney is horrifying—but Because of You is ultimately a hopeful story about human resilience and the life-changing power of discovering your best friend. YA readers aged 14 and up who loved John Larkin’s The Shadow Girl and Cath Crowley’s Words in Deep Blue should be diving for this powerful coming-of-age story.

Meg Whelan is the children’s book buyer at the Hill of Content Bookshop