CHASING CHARLIE DUSKIN by Cath Crowley

This is one of the best books I’ve read recently! It’s the story of Charlie, a teenage girl who thinks she doesn’t fit in anywhere, running from her memories and chasing a future. Her Mum and Gran have both died, Grandpa isn’t coping and Charlie’s Dad is on a different planet. When they go for their usual summer visit to Grandpa’s shop in the country Charlie’s life has an unexpected change.

FM

SURVIVING AUNT MARSHA by Sofie Laguna

An excellent story for readers aged between year 5 and year 8. It is a story about 3 kids who are left behind while their parents go to
Paris to “find romance”. Aunt Marsha comes to look after them and even the parents are a little reluctant given aunt Marsha’s cold and hard personality. The kids have to eat kidney pie, cabbage and drink grapefruit juice. They have to go to bed at 7.00pm, be home straight after school and Aiden is banned from reading his comics. The kids resent Aunt Marsha and are frightened of her. They are counting down the days till their parents return and are united in their common hatred of the mean Aunt Marsha. That is of course, until a shared moment of fear, forges a bond between the 4, that is unbreakable and they end up becoming best of friends. A really good read.

MM