Ellie Pillai is Brown by Christine Pillainayagam

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Recommended by: Abi Hennig @abihennig

Author: Christine Pillainayagam

Form: Prose Novel 

Length: 416 pages

Brief Synopsis: A coming of age romance which explores identity, family,, music and friendship. Linked spotify album of original music by author referenced throughout

Age Rating and Trigger Warning: This is appropriate for Y9 and upwards. It contains one episode of underage drinking and kissing throughout. This book also contains a bereavement and covers the topic of mental health.

Notable Reasons for Recommending this Book: Students enjoy the linked soundtrack; it’s funny and yet examines important issues which teenagers will relate to; the characters are realistic and relatable. Explores experience of non-white teenager growing up in predominantly white town. LGBTQ+ 

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