Control Freak: Diary of a care leaver

Written by Henrietta Bond
Price: £8.95
Publisher: BAAF
Publication date: 2010
ISBN: 978 1 907585 04 3
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About the book

“…a sincere, simply-told, ultra-convincing story that shows what it’s like to branch out on your own after a childhood in care.”
Jacqueline Wilson, author

Seventeen-year-old Holly Richards is tough, practical, determined and has her whole future carefully mapped out. So for her, leaving foster care to move into her own flat should be no problem.

But Holly hasn’t bargained for the problems an out-of-control brother, a too-good-to-be-true boyfriend and a love-struck best friend can create! Especially when one runs away, one is mistaken for a drug dealer and the other may be expecting a baby…

As all Holly’s perfectly laid plans go pear-shaped, does she have the nerve to stay in control? Written in diary form, Control Freak tracks one summer in the life of feisty yet likeable Holly as she juggles the challenges of leaving care and independent living with the trials and tribulations of teenage life and family trauma.

Control Freak is our first ever novel for teenagers. It is a hard-hitting entertaining book which aims to crack the common stereotype of care leavers as feckless or helpless victims struggling to get their lives together.

It is a must-have read for young people living in and leaving the care system. It will also appeal to social workers and all those connected with the care system.

Control Freak is intended for teenagers and may not be suitable for readers under the age of 13.

Special offer: buy all three books for just £15.00 (usual price £26.85).