How we came to publish this one
Author Dianne Stadhams is a regular contributor to our annual anthologies and we encourage people we have published to submit more of their work to us. We were delighted to find that Doll Face fits in really well with what our visions for The Red Telephone.
The reason for this title soon becomes evident as the reader gets into the story.
Some notes about the process
We went through the normal three stages of editing with this, followed by three proof-reads. Dianne was on our Red Telephone mentorship scheme and we worked on this book with her before it went through the normal editorial process. However, this meant that there was slightly less to do when we came to editing.
Dianne designed the cover herself though we had to make a few technical tweaks.
Some notes about style
The style is spot on for the older young adult. It’s not always an easy read, There are several different voices in the story but that of the protagonist and her doll shine out clearly.
Who we think the reader is
This is suitable for the adults and older young adults. Fourteen-year-old Tilly Henderson-Smythe is articulate with attitude, and was born with Mosaic Down's Syndrome. But she's not sleeping. Her parents and school are worried. She is sent for PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) assessment after being taken hostage on holiday by a local group disgruntled over land rights and tourism development. With a secret passion for dodgy websites, and an appetite for just retribution, Tilly's view of complex issues goes viral.
This book will make you think. It is a demanding read.
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