Synopses & Reviews
A friendship blossoms when 16-year-old Carly interviews feisty 93-year-old Leah for her local history project and Leah shares her fascinating life's story—of a girl whose rich imagination rescues her from a grim reality, and an unlikely boy who changes everything
The boy sat in the branches of the fifth tree on the left, his scuffed boots dangling. Leah turned her eyes up. His face was heavily freckled, his eyes large, brown and almond-shaped. His hair stuck out at wild angles. 'Hello,' she said.
When Leah Cartwright was five years old her father went to the barn, put a shotgun in his mouth, and pulled the trigger. Soon afterwards a boy appeared to Leah, in a tree in the orchard—a secret friend. Leah called him Adam, and she grew to love him. As a child on an isolated farm with only her fierce yet loving mother and her dog, Pagan, for company, Leah treasured books—the stories within them and the places they could take her. Now she is old, and a gifted storyteller, so when 16-year-old Carly interviews her for her local history project, Leah uses the magic of story to draw Carly into her present, her past, her secrets, and her unique friendship with Adam. This beautifully told novel is a bittersweet tale of hope, faith, consequences, and true love.
"Jonsbergs prose is spare, his pacing excellent, his plotting memorable." —Publishers Weekly on Dreamrider
"From Australia comes another great piece of YA literature with wit, zing and depth. Plenty of on-the-spot humor. . . . Readers will laugh, cry and, without trying, learn." —Kirkus Reviews on Am I Right or Am I Right
"It is beautifully told with rich images of flawed characters." — School Library Journal
"The power of storytelling as a means to tackle fear, faith, love, loss, and aging." — Booklist Online
Holly Holley is so average it hurts—until her cousin Cassie comes to stay, and the coolest girl in school takes Holly under her wing and makes life a whole lot more interesting
My name is Holly Holley and I have given up routines.
Holly hates her name, her looks, and her life. She isn't in with the right crowd and she has little hope of dating the gorgeous Raph McDonald. With her cousin Cassie staying with her family, she has to move out of her bedroom into the tiny, smelly spare room, and she feels her life couldn't be more unfair. So when Demi, the coolest girl in school, invites Holly on a makeover shopping spree, she jumps at the chance. Even Cass can see that Holly is stretching her wings—but will she fly or fall? Before long Holly learns that appearances can be deceptive, and friendship can blossom in unexpected places.
A compelling new young adult series set in a near-future post-pandemic world that is alive with action, intrigue, courage, betrayal, and retribution
Pandora Jones wakes in a hospital—her body weak, her memory providing only flashes of horrific scenes of death. She soon discovers that her family has succumbed to a plague pandemic which has almost wiped out humanity. Pan is one of the lucky ones. She and other young survivors have been relocated to The School—a quarantined, heavily guarded facility where she is encouraged to hone her intuition and develop her survival skills. But danger is everywhere and Pan becomes convinced that the plague—and everyone’s memories about it—is a lie.
About the Author
Barry Jonsberg is the author of Being Here, Am I Right or Am I Right?, The Crimes and Punishments of Miss Payne, Dreamrider, and Ironbark.