Patrice Lawrence was born in Brighton, brought up in an Italian-Trinidadian family in mid-Sussex and lives in East London with her daughter, partner and Stormageddon, the tabby.

Her debut YA novel, Orangeboy, has met with a critical and prize-winning storm. Sixteen-year-old Marlon has made his widowed mum a promise. He’s never going to follow big brother, Andre, down the wrong path. And so far, it’s been easy. But when a date ends in tragedy, he finds himself being hunted down. As his family and best mate, Tish, come under attack, Marlon must make a decision. How far will he go to protect the people the loves?

Part urban thriller, part moving family drama, part coming of age story, the action is powerful and uncompromising, punctured by moments of extraordinary tenderness. Hodder will publish her second novel Indigo Donut in July 2017.

  • Orangeboy shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2017, YA Book Prize 2017 and 2016 Costa Children's Book Award
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