My Name Is Why: Quick Reads 2022

Lemn Sissay

Memoir · Great for: Less confident readers looking for a real life story.

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How does a government steal a child and then imprison him?
How does it keep it a secret?
This story is how.
This story is true.

My Name Is Why is a true story about growing up in care and fighting to succeed despite the cruelty and failures of the care system.

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My Name Is Why is a number one Sunday Times bestseller about Lemn Sissay's experience of growing up in the UK's care system. This memoir with a message has been specially abridged into a shorter version for Quick Reads 2022. You can find out more about Lemn Sissay in his Channel 4 series, Superkids: Breaking Away From Care.