And the Stars Were Burning Brightly

About The Book

"You can spend all your life tryna work out why someone does summat. Tryna find answers and, in the end, none of it matters. That’s just people."

When fifteen-year-old Nathan discovers that his older brother Al has taken his own life, his whole world is torn apart.

Al was special.

Al was talented.

Al had so many dreams ... so why did he do it?

Convinced that his brother was in trouble, Nathan decides to retrace Al’s footsteps. As he does, he meets Megan, Al's former classmate, who is as determined as Nathan to keep Al's memory alive.

Together they start seeking answers, but will either of them be able to handle the truth about Al’s death when they eventually discover what happened?

Warning: This book contains themes that may be upsetting including suicide and intense bullying. May not be suitable for younger readers.

Themes: Mental Health, Bullying, Suicide, Homophobia

Cover design by Anna Morrison

Check out the Author

Born in Manchester, Danielle Jawando has also had several short plays performed at the King’s Arms in Manchester, and at Stratford Circus in London. She has previously worked on Coronation Street as a storyline writer and her short story The Deerstalker was one of six finalists for the We Need Diverse Books short story competition.

And the Stars Were Burning Brightly is her debut novel and was published by Simon & Schuster in February 2020. Find out more at her Instagram.

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