A gorgeous, funny, happy-ending story in which sensible sixteen-year-old Lily finds a way to bring her 'freakish' family together for one whole and perfect day. 'A warm, engaging read about family and love and friendship and the ties that bind.' - Maureen McCarthy
Freakish, thought Lily; that was the word for her family. Not freaks exactly, but all peculiar in their own way. And Lily had always been the sensible one. Sometimes she wished she could be like the other girls in her year Maybe she should fall in love. What could be less sensible than that?
Fall in love? Ridiculous! But when she saw Daniel Steadman and their eyes caught, only for a second, the tiny encounter gave Lily a strange light woozy feeling inside her head. It made her brain feel funny, like a tablet fizzing, dissolving away inside a water glass
'It's a rare enough thing to find even one truly distinct and fascinating character in a novel, but Judith Clarke has with secret ease created a dozen such in this book, from teenagers to grandparents, magically linked by a dozen different dilemmas, all leading beautifully from one to another and fitting together so endearingly.' - Ursula Dubosarsky
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.
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. Her most recent novel, Kalpana's Dream, was recently named an Honor Book in the prestigious Boston Globe/Horn Book Awards.
Young adult fiction
Commended Michael L. Printz Awards for Excellence in Young Adult Literature 2008 AU; Long-listed The Australian Family Therapists' Award for Children's Literature 2007 AU; Short-listed CBCA Book of the Year, Older Readers, 2007 2007 AU; Short-listed The Children's Peace Literature Award 2007 AU; Short-listed NSW Premier's Literary Awards, Ethel Turner Prize for Young Adult Books 2007 AU; Winner QLD Premier's Literary Awards, Young Adult Book Award 2007 AU
A & U Children
Paperback - B format
12 - 16
Young adult fiction