Becoming Dinah10-12 years
"A gripping, heart-wrenching coming-of-age story" - Guardian
In her first YA novel, Costa-shortlisted Kit de Waal responds to classic Moby Dick by tearing the power away from obsessive Captain Ahab and giving it to a teenage girl.
Dinah's whole world is upside down, dead things and angry men and cuts all over her head that are beginning to sting....
Seventeen-year-old Dinah needs to leave her home, the weird commune where she grew up. She needs a whole new identity, starting with how she looks, starting with shaving off her hair, her 'crowning glory'. She has to do it quickly, because she has to go now.
Dinah was going to go alone and hitch a ride down south. Except, she ends up being persuaded to illegally drive a VW campervan for hundreds of miles, accompanied by a grumpy man with one leg. This wasn't the plan.
But while she's driving, Dinah will be forced to confront everything that led her here, everything that will finally show her which direction to turn...
In her first YA novel, Costa-shortlisted author Kit de Waal responds to the classic Moby Dick with entirely new characters, a VW campervan, and by tearing the power away from obsessive Captain Ahab and giving it to a teenage girl who's determined to find a new life, far away from her unconventional upbringing.
"An emotionally charged book" - Daily Mail
"Fresh and defiantly original ... what a beautiful book" - Sarah Moore Fitzgerald
"An emotional coming of age tale of escape, mission, and ultimately, self-knowledge" - The Big Issue
Becoming Dinah is a story with ancient resonance that's also fresh and defiantly original. I fell utterly in love with Dinah. I felt her pain and wanted the best for her from the start. A proper adventure wrapped around a tender, beautifully told story of loss, resilience and discovery. What a beautiful book.
Sarah Moore Fitzgerald
'This first in a new series of reinterpretations of classic stories through a feminist perspective might sound daunting, as it draws on Moby Dick for inspiration, but, under Kit de Waal's captaincy, it breezes along in full sail....Familiarity with the original adds to the fun, but this emotionally charged book also works beautifully as a standalone.'
A gripping, heart-wrenching coming-of-age story