Peeling the Onion

A gripping story, told with honesty and biting humour

Wendy Orr
AUD $17.95
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An eye-catching new edition of this popular, inspirational novel about a teenage girl re-making her life after a car accident. A deeply moving, unsentimental story of pain and love and self-discovery.

Jenny rushes in; stops and turns pale at the sight of my scaffolded neck. This isn't what she expected to see - and for a moment Jenny, sunny, effervescent, ever-optimistic Jenny, stares at me and can't speak.

'They made a mistake - I broke my neck after all.'

Jenny begins to cry. And I think that maybe this is what best friends are for, not to be brave for you, but to tell you this is real, and it stinks.


Anna is used to being athletic, popular, 'normal'. Now she feels the layers of her familiar self being peeled away; nothing is normal or easy. Can she pick up the pieces of her life? What part will Hayden and Luke play? And who, now, is Anna Duncan?

Author bio:

Wendy Orr was born in Edmonton, Canada, but grew up in various places across Canada, France and the USA. She started writing for children after a career as an occupational therapist. She's the author of many award-winning books, and lives on the Mornington Peninsula.

Category: Young adult fiction
ISBN: 9781741149333
Edition No: NC
Awards: Short-listed Beehive Award 2001 US; Short-listed Utah Young Adult Book Award 2000 US; Short-listed Bilby Awards, Older Readers Category 2000 AU; Short-listed Evergreen Awards 2000 US; Short-listed NASEN Special Educational Needs Book Awards 1999 GB; Short-listed Maine Student Book Award 1998 AU; Commended Australian Family Therapists Award for Children's Literature 1997 AU; Runner-up CBCA Book of the Year, Older Readers, 1997 1997 AU
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Imprint: A & U Children
Pub Date: October 2006
Page Extent: 172
Format: Paperback - B format
Age: 14 - 18
Subject: Young adult fiction

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