Thursday, 4 August 2011

The Comet Box


'The Comet Box' is the latest novel by Geelong based author Adrian Stirling.


The novel centres around the family and community of Andrew, a teenage boy. It is 1986, and the setting is suburban Australia.


For those of you who are wondering, a Comet Box is the invention of one of Andrew's teachers. She conducts an experiment with her class. They are all asked to write down a wish on a piece of paper. The wishes are then placed into a box called a 'Comet Box'. Once the comet has passed, the teacher will give the class back their wishes.


The temptation is too great for Andrew and he steals the contents of the box, reading everyone's wishes. He becomes burdened with the knowledge of his classmates' secrets.


Andrew's wish, however, is no secret to anybody. His sister has left home and no-one can understand why. Andrew continues his life with his sister's disappearance burning away in the background.


As the novel unfolds we begin to see that his neighbours and even his parents and best friend have huge secrets and problems with which they are dealing.


Halley's Comet is hurtling towards earth; it is a long parched summer and tensions are at breaking point.


Great reading for teenagers.


-Ann

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