a novel of pain, sadness and hope

"a worrying, disturbing but illuminating read" The Bookseller

"a novel whose strength lies in its narrative voice rather than in any shock value" The Observer

"beautiful, lyrical writing ...extremely powerful and very moving" Askews Library Service

"powerfully written" lovereading4kids

"Kenrick has succeeded in writing a searing novel" Books for Keeps

"a truthful, moving and readable book that offers important information to young people" WriteAway!


Red Tears is a novel for teenagers. On the surface it's about a teenage girl who turns to self-harm when she finds things are getting on top of her. She is in her GCSE year at school (age 15 for non-UKers) and is being treated badly by her so-called 'friends'. Overwhelmed by pressures from all sides (particularly from her mother, who wants her to 'do the best you can' all the time) she resorts to self-harm. But once you start, it's not that easy to stop...

Underneath, this book is about pressure, pain and perseverance.
It's about finding your way through the dark.
It's about discovering that you don't have to please everyone else all of the time.
It's about finding your real self and being happy with it.

Red Tears was published in the UK by Faber & Faber on 1st March 2007.
It was published in Australia on 1st May 2007.

March 1st is National Self-Injury Awareness Day across the globe.
To find out more about NSIAD, visit http://www.lifesigns.org.uk/

For more information on self-injury/self-harm and for useful links, please click on self-harm: a few facts

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