Book Angel Booktopia is delighted to welcome Alexander Yates today to share just how identity is shaped – something I constantly discuss as part of library lessons ♥
Now that I’m here, who will I be?
It’s fair to say that Axel and Tess—the two protagonists of my second novel, The Winter Place—have a rough time of it. The book opens just before their father, a single parent, dies in a freak road accident. It isn’t long after that the siblings learn they’re to be shipped off to Finland to live with their grandparents. Which could be a workable solution, but for the fact that: A) Axel and Tess have never met these grandparents before, and B) They’ve never even been to Finland before. What’s more, they have no desire to go. The move will mean more than just leaving their friends behind—Axel and Tess see it as leaving their entire lives behind. And they each try, in their own ways, to escape this seemingly awful fate.