But it’s Not Fair
The debut novel by Aneeta Prem
With PSHE Association accredited lesson plans
Sofia and Vinny are sisters who live in the East End of London. Vinny, 15, knows she’s a bit of a freak because she loves school; she wants to be a teacher when she grows up. Sofia, 10, loves bling and celebrities and wants to be on the cover of the glossy magazines.
She thinks most things in life are just ‘not fair’. She doesn’t have a laptop or even a mobile phone, and she has to share a room with Vinny. Vinny’s safe world is turned upside down when Abby Kambi and her very traditional family move into the neighbourhood. Vinny and Abby quickly become best friends and Vinny starts to see how different life could be for her. Abby and her family go abroad to her cousin Sarina’s wedding in the summer holidays and Abby doesn’t return to school.
Vinny and even spoilt brat, Sofia realise that there are far bigger issues than makeup, Facebook and getting your homework in on time. What would you do if your best friend went on holiday and didn’t come back again? Would you turn a blind eye or would you stand up and shout ‘but it’s not fair’ until somebody listened?
“In ‘But It’s Not Fair’, Aneeta shows how the young can help a friend who is being put through this trauma. It could be the most important book a teenager ever reads; if you want to be a good friend, start it now.”
Columnist, Interviewer and Feature Writer for the London Evening Standard
“Aneeta visited us to do an assembly on forced marriage to a Year 10 group who were studying the topic in their personal, social, health and citizenship lessons. Her ability to deliver an important message in such a sensitive and engaging manner was inspirational. I read the book myself and went through a whole range of emotions. The book is about forced marriage, the theme of friendship and looking after others. It is very powerful, enjoyable and a thought-provoking read for all teenagers.”
“Aneeta’s presentation and book signing was incredibly thought provoking and superbly delivered. More importantly her engagement with any student she is able to speak with will mean that this summer she will be making the difference to many lives of potentially vulnerable children. She is also helping to educate the future generations about the wrongs of forced marriage.”
“This is a fantastic book and what this really does is makes this an approachable subject for young people and really highlights that things may be going on in our communities that we don’t know about, and the more we know about it the better and that’s the role this book should play.”
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