Synopses & Reviews
"Walker remains notably objective in her depiction of homosexuality, stressing that each person's attitudes and needs are different. At the end of this sensitively wrought book, Peter is still struggling with his identity; he has, however, learned to accept and respect himself as a growing individual." Publishers Weekly
"This may be a good choice for a classroom discussion. Talk, review, and debate could focus around the possible effects and repercussions of categorizing and making judgments based on ingrained attitudes and conditioned responses, as well as the possible additional complications created by single-parent households." KLIATT
"Not every troubled adolescent will have the good fortune of meeting a friend like David, but, with luck, many of them will find self-understanding and self-respect through reading wise and compassionate novels like this one." School Library Journal
Pressured by his peers and society to conform to the stereotyped macho image, fifteen-year-old Peter feels both confused and repelled. His confusion and his horror increase when he finds himself attracted to his brothers best friend, David, who is gay. Here is a daring, exceptionally honest novel about sexuality and the need to be true to oneself. Peter shares his every muddle and perception with us, and his candor just might help us find our own way.
About the Author
Kate Walker was born in Australia. Her work has been published in many anthologies and magazines, and she is also a prolific writer of guides to creative story writing. Peter, her first novel for teenagers, received a 1991 Australian Human Rights Award honor and was shortlisted for several top Australian awards, including the Children's Book of the Year Award.