When Neema's great-grandmother Kalpana leaves her village in India to visit her family in Australia, Neema is not sure how to be friends with her, but a boy on a skateboard brings them together, and they both find something they've long forgotten. Judith Clarke writes with humour and insight, and introduces a teacher known as the Bride of Dracula!
Neema's great grandmother, Kalpana, is coming to visit. She's been dreaming of flying again, and now she's ready to leave her village in India.
Neema and her friend, Kate, have just started at Wentworth High. For English they have pale Ms Dallimore; everyone calls her the Bride of Dracula. Ms Dallimore wants her students to think, and imagine - and learn to fly!
At first, Neema is awkward with Kalpana. Kalpana doesn't speak English and Neema doesn't speak Hindi. But when they meet the flying boy, they both remember something they had lost long ago.
Judith Clarke writes with tenderness and humour in this story of coming together and finding the essence of who you are.
Clarke's quiet wisdom and keen understanding will touch hearts and stimulate imagination'
Wolf on the Fold - Publishers Weekly US
Judith Clarke was born in Sydney and educated at the University of New South Wales and the Australian National University in Canberra. She has worked as a teacher and librarian, and in Adult Education in Victoria and New South Wales. She now lives in Melbourne with her husband, and has one grown-up son.
A major force in YA fiction both in Australia and internationally, Judith Clarke's novels include the multi-award-winning Wolf on the Fold, as well as Friend of my Heart, Night Train, Starry Nights, and the very popular and funny Al Capsella series. She is unsurpassed in her ability to convey complex emotional states with acute understanding and compassion.
Young adult fiction
Commended 2005 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards for Excellence in Children's Literature, Fiction and Poetry 2005 AU; Short-listed Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year, Best Book for Upper Primary Readers 2005 AU
A & U Children
Paperback - B format
10 - 14
Young adult fiction