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I'll Be Home for Christmas is a collection of stories by top YA authors each exploring the theme of "home" at Christmas and what that means for different people. For some people it's being with family at a special time of year but many others aren't as lucky as to have that stability and feeling of comfort. This is particularly the case for those who are homeless and Stripes have teamed up with the charity Crisis in this collaboration to raise awareness of the hardships young people are facing.
I thought this was a really strong collection of stories and I thoroughly enjoyed the different representations of "home". I like that each author has interpreted the theme in a different way resulting in a really varied and diverse set of stories and characters.
The exploration of the different kinds of family from divorced parents to being in foster care, relationships and "coming out", being a refugee in a new country, friendships and homelessness were all treated with equal care and sensitivity by the authors. There are some lighter moments among the darker ones and a range of genres which really help make this a wonderful mix of stories with something for everyone.
I'll Be Home For Christmas boasts a top list of authors with some truly stand-out stories, and for a lovely festive feel alongside helping a great cause, I highly recommend adding this to your Christmas reading list. I can't wait to buy my own physical copy (it has red sprayed edges, people!)
£1 from the sale of every book will be donated to Crisis. For more information on Crisis visit www.crisis.org.uk