Drawing with light by Julia Green

Publishers’ blurb

Kat and Emily have grown up without their mother for almost as long as they can remember. And now Dad is with Cassy and they all muddle along together well enough – even though they are living in a cramped caravan while their new house is being renovated.

Then Cassy and Dad tell them that Cassy is pregnant, and everything seems to shift. Emily feels a new urge to find her own mother. How could she have left them the way she did? Never writing to them? Not communicating with them? And as Emily begins her search, not knowing what she will find, she is at the same time embarking on a new relationship of her own, that of her romance with Seb.

This is an evocative and finely drawn novel about family relationships, in particular that of mother and daughter, and the shifting emotions of a teenager trying to make sense of her family and her world.

Photo courtesy of Jack Gillespie

Further information

Julia Green page at Bloomsbury Publishing

Review from Books for Keeps

Julia Green’s website

Julia Green page at Lovereading4kids

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4 comments on “Drawing with light by Julia Green

  1. This is a novel that will appeal more to girls than boys. It’s Emily’s story really, her relationships with her sister, father and his partner, a new boyfriend and finally, her long estranged mother. The storyline of the search for her birth mother doesn’t gain momentum until quite late in the book and is over rather quickly. This isn’t my usual choice of genre but it’s a nice easy read.

  2. Drawing with Light in my opinion is so far,a very intriguing book. Although I have only got to page 87 and nothing spectacular has happened I still want to read on. I really like how the title relates to Emily’s hobby, photography, because it mentions light and Emily has to use light in her photography. I also like how it really lets us know what Emily is thinking and how she feels about things. I must say though that the book has a little bit of bad language and mature themes.

  3. I am now on page 203 in Drawing with light and I’m quite enjoying it. it has taken a long time though for something to happen but there is now a little light in Emily’s search for her mum. I found some of the plot with Cassy very predictable. I also think that this book is more girl orientated.

  4. The 2nd and 3rd Years have been chosen to read and review the books for the Catalyst Book Award. We were given a list of book titles and had each to choose one book. The book I chose was ‘Drawing with Light’ by Julia Green. I really enjoyed this book as it really captures the emotion felt by all the characters.

    The story starts with Emily, a little 3 year old girl, being read a story by her older sister Kat. Emily then quickly grows up and sees her sister leaving and going to University in London. Emily then sets on a thought provoking and emotional journey to find her mother but along the way she finds out more than she bargained for and with her dad and his girlfriend waiting on a new baby all Emily needs is a boy to get her both emotionally and mentally confused. Emily finds herself in more of a whirlwind than usual but eventually finds her way through the mist.

    A compelling and powerfully told story about love, growing up and finding out who you really are.

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