Today I helped a man I thought might hurt me.
I taught Lizzie to read the word Jesus.
I showed Sicely how to spell her own name.
Tomorrow I’ll lie to Mrs Allen and pray she never finds out.

"Samuel's endearing, immersive narration makes the novel a fascinating and unforgettable account of a brutal and shameful chapter in America's history. "  Kirkus Starred Review

my name is not friday, reviews

It isn’t often I’m lost for words, but that’s how I felt when I finished reading this superb YA novel…A tale of twists and turns, revelations and reversals, it will keep you utterly gripped.




Tony Bradman, Guardian Review


Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize (Shortlisted), Carnegie Medal (Longlisted), UKLA Book Award (Longlisted), The Amazing Book Award (Longlisted)


My Name Is Not Friday, available as a prize winning audiobook, narrated by Dion Graham.   

Published in the US by Scholastic & in Germany by Konigskinder/Carlsen