Ellie Pillai Is Brown

Christine Pillainayagam

Shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2023

This YA debut is a book to brighten your day! It is warm, funny and even has its own playlist available via a QR code scattered through the pages. 

Ellie is 16 about to take her exams. She has strong opinions, low self-esteem, a talent for song-writing, a witty sense of humour and she keeps secrets from her parents. To top it off she falls in love! 

The book follows Ellie as she navigates all of this. Wit and humour abound and the more serious themes of loss and identity are written with a light touch. It’s a perfect feel-good novel for post-exam relaxation.

Original songs also available online

Published by Faber & Faber

Reviewed by Rachel Bolton