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Juno Dawson Books In Order

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Hollow Pike (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cruel Summer (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Say Her Name (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Under My Skin (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
All of the Above (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Spot the Difference (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Margot & Me (2017) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Grave Matter (2017) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Clean (2018) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Being a Boy (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
This Book is Gay (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mind Your Head (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Gender Games (2017) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
What is Gender? How Does it Define Us? and Other Big Questions (2017) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Juno Dawson is a British writer of young adult nonfiction and fiction novels that include LGBT themes. Dawson published his first novel “Hollow Pike” in 2012 and has never looked back since then going on to become one of the most popular upcoming novelists. Dawson was born in raised in West Yorkshire in the UK, and was a schoolteacher for several years before she decided to become an author. She started writing while she was still a teacher and only quit her job when her novels became successful. Her novels tend to feature LGBT characters, which Dawson as a transgender person often advocates for. Dawson’s breakout work was the 2014 published “This Book is Gay”, a novel that became popular as a manual for understanding life as an LGBT person. The novel that had a lot of sexually explicit and profanity received much backlash with the Alaskan residents of Wasilla signing a petition to get the book out of the city’s public library.

Juno Dawson came out in 2015 as a transgender person and asserted that he had begun to transition into a woman for the past one and a half years. She went on to write about her experiences in transitioning in Glamour magazine. In 2017, she published her first adult novel “The Gender Games” that focused on her life experiences and issues of gender. She is a School Role Model for the LGBT charity Stonewall. Her 2016 novel “Mind Your Head”, which was something of a sequel to “This Book Is Gay” is a manual about mental health aimed at Young Adults. Outside of her writing, she is a regular contributor to Newsnight, This Morning, Channel 5 News, ITV News, Front Row, BBC Women’s Hour, The Guardian, Glamour Magazine, and Attitude Magazine on issues of education, literature, identity, and sexuality. Her novels have been translated into more than ten languages across the globe and have received much critical acclaim from some of the biggest literary publications in the world. Before she began writing seriously she used to write “Doctor Who” pulp fiction before she ventured into journalism. As a young journalist, she wrote for a popular newspaper in Brighton, where she had a syndicated column and also interviewed luminaries including Atomic Kitten and Steps. She currently lives in Brighton where she spends most of her time writing novels, listening to pop music, watching horror films, and Doctor Who.

What makes Juno Dawson such a great writer is that she can create realistic characters with distinctive voices. She writes novels that any reader would like to send to their teenage selves. They are novels of self-discovery that speaks to the need of young adults seeing it as fine to make mistakes. Dawson does assert that any teenager should have a right to be what or who they are or want to be as long as they remain true to themselves. They are novels about love, about friendships, and about growing up. Some love relationships last and some do not, and the same goes for friendships, but that does not mean that they are not as important in one’s life. The novels are a realistic portrayal of teenage relationships as they tackle the issues that all teenagers struggle with as they try to understand friendship and relationships. Through the characters such as Toria, Ryan, Katie and their friends one sees experiences that they may likely have gone through or are still going through as young adults. Dawson’s novels are fantastic novels that tackle sensitive and difficult subjects while throwing in romance, friendships, and gender issues without becoming overly preachy. The novels do not make an attempt to make their readers feel or think a certain way, but rather pose questions that one may not have considered before then.

“Cruel Summer” is an excellent novel by James Dawson about a fictional teenage murder. The novel combines adolescent drama reminiscent of “Pretty Liars” and “Scream’s” crazy violence and humor. The lead character in the novel is Ryan, who is acting out his life that is something of a movie taking place in a fantastic fictional studio. When the novel opens Ryan is spending his holidays at Katie’s one of his best friends villa in Spain. He is in Spain where their friend had introduced many of her former schoolmates for a long put off reunion. For Ryan who is looking forward to starring in a film, some friends seem to be the perfect fit for his picture. Katie would be perfect as the Good Girl, Alisha would make a great Bad Girl and the Jock would have to be Greg. Ben one of his oldest friends is the Geek and the New Girl slot would be filled up with Erin who happens to be Greg’s girlfriend. Ryan believes that he knows the ending of his low budget Spanish survival picture. However, he is in for a big surprise as fate has prepared quite a violent end to his film. The novel is full of secrets, a murder, and British wit ,and best of all a macabre mystery.

“All of the Above” is an exhilarating novel about a girl named Victoria shortened to Toria, who leaves her Brompton-on-sea home to go to another school and town. She leaves her dreary backwater town to go become a New Girl, only to find that she is the center of attention in her new home where everyone seems to know everyone. Toria has always found it difficult to make friends until she bumps into Daisy and her crew of friends. They immediately become fast friends with Toria hoping that they will be everything she has ever wanted to find in friends. One of the most poignant things about the novel is the way in which the author so eloquently portrays the female teenage friendships. Their experiences of the Sixth form, their worries, their relationships, their problems and the way they act and talk are so real that it is hard to imagine that Dawson the author lived much of his young adult life as a man. With so many young adult novels out there where teenagers seem not to act their age, Dawson’s novel is a refreshing take on the life of female teenagers that are just as lovable as they are flawed.

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