This is the diary of a 15-year-old girl experiencing first love, first sexual experience - and then an accidental pregnancy. Characteristically, Ros Asquith tells the story with a mix of seriousness and frivolity. And it's not just about the pregnancy. This is the story of Amy (who longs to be a rock star); her best friends Lottie, Mad Alice and Debbie (also known as the band, Black Hole); her crazy home life with her dad (who's having an affair with the actress over the road), mum and a pair of chaotic little twin sisters; her school (also known as KFC or Broadmoor); her trip to the Glastonbury Festival - and - and - in other words, all the normal stuff of being a teenager. The UK has one of the highest incidences of teen pregnancy in the world. It's a non-stop media story. As with all Ros Asquith's previous books, she's researched the subject carefully and visited teenage mum groups. There will be a list of advice lines and websites at the back of the book.
Ros Asquith has been a Guardian newspaper cartoonist for 20 years and has written and illustrated over 60 books for young people. Her latest book, 'Letters from an Alien Schoolboy' has been shortlisted for the 2011 Roald Dahl Funny Prize and the 2011 Tower Hamlets book award. She answered only to the name of Jim until she was five andbelieved herself to be an Apache brave until she was nine.
Her first job, aged 17, was illustrating Greek Myths for an American audio visual company. She graduated from Camberwell School of Art, working as a photographer, designer and teacher beforebecoming theatre critic for
Time Out magazine, Co-Theatre Editor of CITY LIMITS, deputy Theatre critic of the OBSERVER
and diary writer for TV TIMES.
Ros has painted murals in several countries and many children's bedrooms, cuddled a wolf, stroked a tiger, juggled with a travelling circus and caught an escaped tarantula.
For more about Ros, see her website: http://www.rosasquith.co.uk/rosasquith.html
LETTERS FROM AN ALIEN SCHOOLBOY:http://www.alienschoolboy.co.uk/
To see Ros's cartoons for the Guardian go to: http://www.guardian.co.uk/profile/ros-asquith