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The Shadow Girl

By: John Larkin

Shadow girl never thought she’d wind up on the streets. She’s smart, has a drive to learn and succeed. After her parents disappear she moves in with her aunt and uncle. In time things take a nasty turn and fearing the police will never believe her over her uncle, she runs away. Once on the streets she quickly discovers there are certain things she just doesn’t know. She may be smart but book smart and street smart are two different things. However she learns quickly, unwilling to give up and determined not to do certain things.

While sleeping in train yards, sand dunes and abandoned houses, she manages to trick her way into a new school. It is at school she meets an author, who she later calls on to help tell her story. She shares her choices, the people who help her and the friend she just couldn’t save.

This is a powerful story. At times sad, horrifying and funny. The Shadow Girl, in many ways, seems so much older than her years, in part this is due to her intelligence and because of this we are given access to a world many of us will never know. Her thoughts and opinions give us the chance to explore many topics relevant to readers of all ages. While a story of survival and strength of the human spirit we are whisked through such muddy ground as; sex, abuse, religion, drugs and education. It is also very much a story about choices. How we still have them in terrible circumstances (though they may not be great ones to choose from) and just how very important they can be.

Shadow Girl is an amazing, compelling character – well formed and well written, and her story may very well get you thinking about things you never really thought you would.

A stunning and thought provoking read that left me grateful for the life I have.

Publisher: Woolshed Press

Published: 01 November 2011

Format: Paperback 336 pages

Categories: Fiction

ISBN 13: 9781864718751

Purchase: here or use the Booktopia logo on the side of page

Ellen Hopkins – Book Trailers

Ellen Hopkins’ books deal with some intense topics, so be warned, but just because we don’t want the young people around us to be involved in these things and feel these kind of feelings doesn’t mean they won’t and aren’t. Check out a few of the trailers now, including one for her new book Perfect.

Tender Morsels

By: Margo Lanagan

Liga’s life is harsh. It is full of darkness and cruelty. Things hard to speak of. From all this misery natural magic creates a sanctuary for this broken woman and her daughters. But a magic sanctuary can’t totally prevent the real world from intruding in harsh and unexpected ways. It cannot keep everyone safe. What happens when questions cause you to seek? What happens when a girl decides she wants to know more, to grow and to be protected no longer?

This is a densely written, elaborately developed world that admirably houses a story that explores the extremes of nature from it’s gentler forms to it’s harshest evils. This is a story of life, love, pain, happiness and heartbreak with magic woven through.

Due to the dark nature of one of it’s topics (sexual assault) and the fractured points of view, I wouldn’t recommend this book for younger readers but as always a recommendation like that is purely subjective.

Tender Morsels is a winner of  the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel and and Honor book in the Michael L Printz Award for Excellence in YA Literature.

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

Published: 09 February 2010

Format: Paperback 436 pages

Categories: Fantasy, Bullying, Abuse, Family Issues

ISBN 13: 9780375843051

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