...You are going to be pleasant and helpful,
Bee, and not chase Jazzi away. I like Jazzi. I want her to be a
permanent fixture in our lives and I don't want any bratty, selfish
behaviour from you spoiling things...'
Since Bee's mother died, it'd been just her, her dad and her guinea pigs, Lulu and Fifi. Nothing stays the same forever though, and when Jazzi moves in, bringing with her a whole new way of looking at things and a whole lot of secrets, Bee knows life is going to be completely different from now on.
But change can be a scary thing, and when someone reaches out to you, sometimes the hardest thing to do is to take their hand.
This heartwarming, humorous and vibrant story from award winning author Catherine Bateson reminds us that love comes in many shapes and sizes...
...even in the form of guinea pigs.
About The Author
Catherine Bateson has achieved an outstanding awards trifecta for her novels for young people. Rain May and Captain Daniel was the winner of the CBCA Book of the Year Award and Painted Love Letters was awarded a CBCA Honour Book recognition. Painted Love Letters was the winner of the 2003 Australian Family Therapists\\\\\\\' Award for Children\\\\\\\'s Literature and Rain May and Captain Daniel is also on their recommended reading list for therapists. Catherine also won the 2003 Queensland Premier\\\\\\\'s Literary Awards for Rain May and Captain Daniel. Both Painted Love Letters and Rain May and Captain Daniel were shortlisted for the NSW Premier\\\\\\\'s Awards. Catherine teaches creative writing, coordinates La Mama Poetica and is currently working on a third collection of poetry.
Although Bee thinks her father and her two guinea pigs make a perfect family, she can see that her father's new girlfriend, Jazzi, is on her way to becoming a stepmother, moving in and even introducing Bee to her mentally ill brother. Even worse, the two girls who used to be her best friends say a stepmother might help her. Once again, Bateson deftly describes family and friendship strains in ways that are both touching and humorous. Bee's resistance and the grown-ups' attempts to make things easy for her as well as nourish their own relationship are completely convincing. Ancillary characters include her grandmother, Patricia, who has a special friend of her own, and Jazzi's unpredictable but appealing brother Harley. Except for a few unfamiliar place names, the Australian setting is irrelevant. Warm consideration of adult affections is rare in stories for this age group, and mentally ill adults seldom receive such a rounded portrayal. These add depth and particularity to this satisfying description of an increasingly familiar situation. (Fiction. 9-12) (Kirkus Reviews)
For Ages: 9 - 12 years old
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 28th August 2006
Publisher: University of Queensland Press
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.0 x 1.0
Weight (kg): 0.19
Edition Number: 1