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CloudwishWhen Vân Ước takes up a scholarship at a new school, she feels likes she is caught in an imaginary world when the wish she makes seems to come true.  Billy Gardiner, a very cute boy in her class, starts to not just notice her, but to follow her everywhere!  As she tries to traverse the cultural divide between herself as the child of boat parents from Vietnam and the very catty groups of girls in her class, Vân Ước constantly feels like she is struggling.  While Vietnamese boat people was a huge issue in Australia in the late ’70s, I was left wondering why Wood decided to write about this group of refugees rather than those are flooding the world today.

Rating: ***
Theme Fiction:
Person to person
Suitable:  Year 9-10

 

 

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It seems hard to believe that life for 14 year old Dan could get any worse after his Dad simultaneously announces that the family is broke – the business has gone bust – and that he is gay.  Relocating home with his Mum involves much that is new – school and friends.  Coping with all this plus his Mum’s efforts to establish a new business would be more than enough to ‘try’ most teenagers.  Throw into the mix though Dan’s crush on a girl … and well… the title of the book says it all!   A frolicking read by author Fiona Wood.

Rating: ***
Theme Fiction:
Person to person
Suitable: Year 7-9

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