When Annaliese Winter walks down Curtis Holland's front path, he's ill-prepared for a sixteen-year-old schoolgirl who's a confounding mixture of adult and child. After years travelling the world with his band, Butterfish, he's not used to having a neighbour at all. So when Curtis receives an invitation to dinner from Annaliese's mother, Kate, he is surprised when he not only accepts but finds himself being drawn to this remarkably unremarkable family. Even to fifteen-year-old Mark who is at war with his own surging adolescence. Curtis soon realises that with Kate divorced, Annaliese and Mark need a male role model in their lives, but it's hard for him to help when he's just starting to grow up himself and harder still when Annaliese begins to show an interest in him that is less than filial.
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Nick Earls is the author of 12 books, including a number of bestsellers published internationally in English and in translation. His earlier title 48 Shades of Brown, which won a CBC Book of the Year, Older Readers award, was recently adapted and released as a feature-film and is also available in audio by Bolinda.From AudioFile:
Nick Earls's books are known to be comic, but there's a serious story at the heart of this one. David Tredinnick captures rock star Curtis Holland's many moods as he learns to deal with his emotions instead of hiding them. Since his band has imploded, Curtis has come home to Brisbane (Australia) to figure out what comes next. He gradually comes to terms with an array of people, as well as his relationship with his music. Although some of Earls's characters verge on stereotypes, Tredinnick focuses on their humanity and keeps them from becoming cartoonish. But in an audiobook so focused on music, it would be nice to hear at least parts of the songs. D.M.H. © AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine
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