Nominated for the Yoto Carnegie Greenaway Awards 2022
Aug 18, 2021
By Rachel Rooney
Illustrated by Milo Hartnoll
Truthful and perceptive, this new collection from Rachel Rooney explores what it means to be a young teenager in the 21st century
A girl travels the path to her future in this powerful coming-of-age collection. Exploring relationships, deep feelings and the comfort of words, we follow her as she grows up – determined to find the freedom to be herself.
This is an outstanding young teen collection by a poet at the height of her powers, with striking graphic illustrations by Milo Hartnoll.
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"A teenage girl travels the path to her future in a coming-of-age collection aimed at younger teenagers. Truthful, deeply perceptive and understanding, say the publishers."
Fiona Noble - The Bookseller
"Imbued with insight, warmth, encouragement & reassurance, this special collection should be in the hands of teenage girls everywhere."
Books for Keeps 5-star review
“Superb…These poems are stirring, demonstrating a life of hope and disappointment, rejection and opportunity… Bookwagon loves this thoughtful, rousing book. We recommend Hey, Girl! to readers and those who love them.”
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Milo Hartnoll is a painter currently living and working in Brighton, United Kingdom.
Hartnoll studied Illustration at The University of Brighton, graduating in 2013, after an extensive formal artistic education - consisting of exploring multiple disciplines - he decided to concentrate his artistic career on creating paintings and immersing himself in that world.
Post-degree, Hartnoll was awarded a scholarship place for two years under the tuition of Artist Jake Spicer at the Draw Atelier course. Focussing on learning various traditional drawing and painting techniques, the human figure acted as a vessel to develop aformentioned skills, to harness the unique language of paint so that it may be better translated onto canvas.
Rachel Rooney worked as a teacher of special needs children while also bringing up her three sons. She is much in demand for school workshops, and for performances of her work at festivals. Her first poetry collection, The Language of Cat, was published in 2011 and won the CLPE prize, followed by My Life as a Goldfish in 2014. A Kid in My Class was shortlisted for the CLiPPA Children's Poetry Prize in 2019. Rachel lives in Brighton.