Shortlisted, 2011 Prime Minister's Literary Awards, Young adult fiction
Shortlisted, 2011 Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year - Older Readers
A spellbinding love story between two young women that unfolds like a series of paintings and explores the tender moments that pull them together and the secrets that push them apart.
I remember when we lay together for the first time and I closed my eyes and felt the crackle of her dark hair between my fingers. She was all warmth and sparking light. When I was with her, my skin sighed that the centre of the world was precisely here.
Anna is afraid she must be unlovable - until she meets Flynn. Together, the girls swim, eat banana cake, laugh and love. Some days Flynn is unreachable; other days she's at Anna's door - but when Anna discovers Flynn's secret, she wonders if she knows her at all.
A beautifully crafted novel by award-winning author Joanne Horniman that explores the tension between the tender moments that pull people together and the secrets that push them apart.
'True originality, charmingly realistic from first page to last.' Lucienne
'I really really liked the dreamy sort of feel, like her other books. Heartfelt and lovely.' Emma
About the Author
Joanne Horniman has spent most of her life in country New South Wales, apart from a few years in Sydney and some time travelling overseas. She has worked as an editor, teacher and artist - some of the posters she helped produce are in the print collection of the Australian National Gallery. She has written many books for children and teenagers, including My Candlelight Novel (A+U 2008), Secret Scribbled Notebooks (A+U 2004), winner of the 2005 Qld Premier's Literary Award and shortlisted for the Victorian Premier's and CBCA Awards. A Charm of Powerful Trouble (A+U 2002) was shortlisted for three Premier's Literary awards, and Mahalia (A+U 2001) was a CBC Honour book, and also shortlisted for numerous awards.
This is a thoughtful, sensitive, young adult novel simply expressing the highs and lows of first love and the voyage towards self love. School Librarian
For Ages: 15 - 18 years old
For Grades: 9+
Number Of Pages: 204
Published: 1st February 2010
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.0 x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.2