While trying to cope with a new town, new school, and new friends, Millie's emotional state is further compromised when she discovers the remnants of her mother's date the night before and begins to worry that this new distraction may be just the thing that sends her over the edge of reason.
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Catherine Bateson started her writing career as a poet. She has since published two collections of poetry and several novels for children and young adults, including "Stranded in Boringsville", which "Kirkus Reviews" commended as "rewarding" and "refreshing." She lives in Belgrave, Australia, with her two children and their dog. Her website is www.catherine-bateson.com.From School Library Journal:
Grade 6-8–In this Australian import, Millie, a Year Seven student, lives with her artist mother, Kate. Mum's best friend and her son fill out the household until Sheri is swept off her feet by Brendan, a school counselor. He turns out to be a mean philanderer, and the foil for Tom, Kate's kind new boyfriend whom she meets after they relocate. The typical adjustments ensue, but the girl perseveres and finds friends, an enemy, and a crush. Millie's growing understanding of herself, her environment, and the adults in her life is the true focus of this novel. American readers may be unfamiliar with some of the story's elements and terms, including a week spent at sleepaway camp after school begins; netball; and Maccas, the Australian nickname for McDonald's. Perhaps Millie's immediate acceptance of Tom in both her mom's life and in her own comes across more as adult wishful thinking than believable. Nonetheless, for fans of mild realistic fiction who might like to go Down Under and experience Millie's quiet challenges and triumphs, this book should be an easy sell.–Suzanne Gordon, Peachtree Ridge High School, Suwanee, GA
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Book Description Holiday House, 2006. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110823420264