Cross My Heart and Never Lie

Cover of Cross My Heart and Never Lie by Nora Dasnes

Cross My Heart and Never Lie

Nora Dasnes
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A heartwarming full colour graphic novel for 10+

Older readers will find much to relate to in this charmingly illustrated graphic novel all about friendship and first crushes.

For anyone who read and loved Judy Blume, here is the perfect book to recommend or gift to the tweens and early teens in your life. Gentle, witty and hugely empathetic, this beautifully illustrated graphic novel is ideal for readers aged 10+ navigating the early years of secondary school.


Tuva is starting seventh grade, and her checklist of goals includes: writing a diary, getting a cool look, building the best fort in the woods with her BFFs, and sharing EVERYTHING with her best friends. But when she starts school, nothing is how she hoped it would be.

Seventh grade has split her friends into rival factions: Team Linnea and the girls who fall in love and Team Bao and the girls who are still playing. Linnea has a boyfriend, Bao hates everything related to feelings. Worst of all, Tuva is expected to choose a side!

Then Mariam shows up and suddenly things begin to make a little more sense. But with all her friends fighting, this is one part of growing up that Tuva isn’t quite sure how to share . . .

Nora Dåsnes (pronounced Dos-NESS) is an author and illustrator who graduated from Kingston University in London in 2017. Cross My Heart and Never Lie is her debut as a writer and illustrator. Nora recently received the 2022 Nordic Council Children and Young People’s Literature Prize.

Number of pages: 256
Reading age guide: 12 to 14 years
Publication date: 15th February 2024
Publisher: Farshore
ISBN: 9780008653750
Format: Paperback

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