From the best-selling author Keren David comes an affecting tale of two girls brought together by circumstance and bound by more than blood. This is a powerful drama of two young women exploring their true selves, with LBGT themes.
Ruby has had a lot of foster siblings over the years, but none of them have been anything like Clara. After growing up in almost complete isolation, Clara is overwhelmed by life in a world she doesn’t understand. But the more Ruby tries to help Clara fit in, the more Ruby realises she has to face up to struggles of her own, and face the world with her own truth.
Interview with Keren David
Why did you want to write True Sisters?
I was keen to write another book for Barrington Stoke after The Liar’s Handbook – I love writing shorter books, there’s something so satisfying about telling a whole story in 20,000 words. And I’d been thinking a lot about foster families and how much they give to children in need, but how little we hear about them. So I wanted to explore how it feels to be part of a foster family – from the point of view of the person in foster care, and the families themselves.
Did your writing approach differ with crafting Ruby and Clara’s story (in regard to research for foster care, etc.)?
I wanted their voices to be very distinct. And Clara’s language had to reflect the very limited experience she’d had of the world so far in her life. So it was a lot of thinking as well as research.
Looking back, when you were growing up where did you find the books you wanted/needed?
The local library in Welwyn Garden City. Dad took us every week. I discovered so many authors there.
Is there something you want readers to take away from True Sisters?
I think it’s a book about empathy – how understanding other people makes us kinder, to them and to ourselves.
What brightens your day?
My friends and family. I’ve made so many lovely friends since becoming a YA writer and we talk all the time…it’s distracting,. but in the nicest way.
Tea or coffee?
Definitely tea. I’ve been experimenting with having it without milk.
Finally, what is the question you wish people would ask and never do?
What’s the most daring thing you’ve ever done? (Just so I could reply, jumping out of a helicopter onto a moving Royal Navy gunboat)
Keren David worked as a news reporter and feature writer before publishing her compelling debut YA novel, When I Was Joe, while taking a course in Writing for Children at City University. Keren now teaches the City University course. When I Was Joe won numerous awards and a nomination for the Carnegie Medal and shortlisting for the Branford Boase award.