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Dying to be accepted as part of the ‘in crowd’, Holly jumps at the chance to go on a shopping spree with Demi and her friends.  But on the home front she is struggling to cope.  Her aunt and her cousin Cassie have recently come to stay.  Put out that she’s had to give up the familiarity of her bedroom to accommodate them, Holly is torn by obligations to her Mum and a desire for acceptance at school. Published as part of the ‘Girlfriend Fiction’ series, strong themes of friendship and acceptance surface.  A good read from Barry Jonsberg.

Rating: ***
Theme Ficiton:
Person to person
Suitable: Year 7-10

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Sentenced for uncontrolled IED (Intermittent Explosive Disorder) to probation with his grandfather, a recluse living in a small shack in a remote town in the Tasmanian forest, life for a 16 year old boy whose only experience is the freedom of city life, becomes tough to endure.   With little to do, boredom sets.  The unlikely couple – the taciturn old man who prefers the simple life and the volatile young boy addicted to 21st Century living – surprisingly develop a strong bond of friendship.  Another great read from Barry Jonsberg.

Rating: ***
Theme Fiction: 
Person to person
Suitable:  Year 8-10

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Completing a school assignment, Carly interviews an aging woman, Leah, in a nursing home.  Inadvertently, Carly bears witness to a life of love and grief, that of a lonely child living on a remote farm in isolation from others.   Torn between love of her mother and love of her imaginary friend Adam, Carly learns some painful and real lessons about friendship.  While this tale by Barry Jonsberg is gripping and makes for a quick read, some aspects of the story are brutal and cruel as it tackles head on hard some of life’s tough issues.  Recommended for mature age readers.

Rating: ****
Theme Fiction:
Social Problems
Suitable:  Year 10-12+

 

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