A fresh and lively ride on the chaotic rollercoaster of love, friendship, musical theatre and the back stage crew, from one of the brightest voices in YA fiction.
The pink jumper was practically glowing in my grey bedroom. It was like a tiny bit of Dorothy's Oz in boring old black-and-white Kansas. Pink was for girls.
Ava Simpson is trying on a whole new image. Stripping the black dye from her hair, she heads off to the Billy Hughes School for Academic Excellence, leaving her uber-cool girlfriend, Chloe, behind.
Ava is quickly taken under the wing of perky, popular Alexis who insists that: a) she's a perfect match for handsome Ethan; and b) she absolutely must audition for the school musical.
But while she's busy trying to fit in - with Chloe, with Alexis and her Pastel friends, even with the misfits in the stage crew - Ava fails to notice that her shiny reinvented life is far more fragile than she imagined.
'Pink is laugh-out-loud and cringe-in-corners funny. An ouch-sharp, thoroughly modern comedy.' Simmone Howell
'I laughed, I cried and I occasionally burst into song.' Justine Larbalestier
'Fun, razor-sharp, and moving, Pink - like love - is a many-splendoured thing.' John Green
Highly Commended, The Barbara Jefferis Award 2010
Honor Book for the US 2012 Stonewall Book Award for children's and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience
PINK is on the 2012 Rainbow List (which comes from the not-very-succinctly titled joint task force of the Social Responsibilities Round Table and the Gay, Lesbian, Transgender and Queer Round Table of the American Library Association). http://glbtrt.ala.org/rainbowbooks/archives/953
PINK is also on the ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers? list - http://www.ala.org/yalsa/booklists/quickpicks/2012
Lili Wilkinson was born in Melbourne, Australia, in the front room where her parents still live. She is an only child, and loves it. She was first published when she was 12, in Voiceworks Magazine. After studying Creative Arts at Melbourne University, Lili was employed by the Centre for Youth Literature at the State Library of Victoria, where she manages insideadog.com.au, a highly acclaimed all-about-books website for teenagers. She is an avid reader and writer of books for teenagers (her most recent book is The (not quite) Perfect Boyfriend, for the popular Girlfriend Fiction series), but when she's not doing that, she's usually hanging out with friends, watching DVDs and making monsters out of wool.
Web site: liliwilkinson.com; Blog: liliwilkinson.com/a/blog.html
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