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If you are looking for a smart and intelligent teenage novel, then 'Nona and Me' by Clare Atkins may be the book for you!
Rosie is a white teenager who lives with her mother on an Aboriginal community.
As a child, she was best friends with Nona, an Aboriginal girl, and they were brought up as sisters or 'yapas' due to strong family connections.
But Rosie hasn't seen Nona in years and is now ensconsed with her best friends Selena and Anya and is developing a relationship with Selena's brother. Selena is bright and bitchy and peer group pressure is well evident as the girls go 'fridging' (stealing alcohol) before a party. Rosie is uncomfortable but goes along. It is also evident that Selena has little time for Rosie's Aboriginal friends and connections and Selena could easily write her off.
'Nona and Me' is set in the era of the Northern Territory intervention in 2007, when the Australian Government sought fit to send in the Army to bring about an overhaul in Aboriginal health and education.
Was this action good or bad? Positive or negative? Nothing is simple and there are differing and complex ways of looking at these issues. Many Aboriginal people were terrified and felt that the intervention would bring about another era of the Stolen Generation.
In many respects Rosie lives in two different worlds. Can she find a path through for herself?
Strong and capable writing that gives the reader an insight into race relations, peer pressure and modern communities.
'The Eye of the Sheep' is a magnificent young adult novel written by Sofie Laguna.
The story is written from the point of view of Jimmy, a boy with behavioural difficulties, and the individual and extraordinary way in which he sees and interacts with his world makes for compelling reading.
Jimmy's mother, Paula, stands out as the only person who can truly deal with him.
Thrown into this mix is a situation of inter-generational family violence.
If you are like me the characters in this novel will stay in your mind long after you have finished reading.
Author: Mark Wilson
This book was about the Vietnam War. This war was after the First and Second World War. This would've been a realistic fiction book because people might have actually sent letters to their loved ones on that time. This war was real but the only thing that might not be real are the the characters. A main theme that came out of this book is love because to show that the brothers really love each other, they play together, they both loved cricket and they couldn't be separated. But when Jason has to go to war Leigh is alone. On the weekends all he ever talked about was the Vietnam War. This made me connect to all the wars in the world because there was a lot of wars over many years and this is one of them.
You might like this book because it is about war. It is good to learn about history and their mistakes. I was interested in this book because i didn't know that much about the Vietnam War. You might also like this book because you might know how some characters feel, because you might have experienced their pain or you can connect to them. You might have known someone that went to war and never came back.
'The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl' is Melissa Keil's second young adult novel. Her first novel was the award winning 'Life In Outer Space'.
'The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl' is set in small town Eden Valley.
Our heroine is Alba - a teenage girl with attitude - and aspiring comic book artist.
A prediction is going around that the world will soon end, and that Eden Valley will be the only place to survive. This leads hundreds of newcomers to the town. They swarm into town, hippy style, and set up home wherever they can find space.
Meanwhile Alba and her close circle of friends have end-of-school decisions to make. Alba, although outwardly confident, is uncertain and scared.
And what of Grady, Alba's best friend since they were babies. Where is this all leading?
Great characterization and storyline.
Colourful and warm.
Recommended reading for teenagers.