Deirdre Purcell

A Gemma Open Door book
Billy is an average-looking sixteen-year-old who lives in an ordinary house in an ordinary neighborhood on the northside of Dublin.
Jesus, on the other hand, is a beautiful boy with continental manners, from the most sophisticated part of Barcelona.
As an exchange student, Jesus comes to live with Billy’s family for three weeks during the summer.  At the end of his stay – according to The Plan – Billy will go back with Jesus on a return visit to Spain.
And then, the best laid plans go awry.
Deirdre Purcell has published nine critically acclaimed novels since 1990. Love, Like, Hate, Adore was shortlisted for the prestigious Orange Prize and her bestselling Falling for a Dancer was filmed for RTÉ and the BBC. Journalist, novelist, raised in Dublin she now lives in Meath.
Jesus and Billy Are Off to Barcelona
Deirdre Purcell
Paper, 104 pages
Reading level: 3.9