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The Rage of Sheep - Michelle Cooper

Paperback

Published: 1st August 2007
For Ages: 13 - 18 years old
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A hilarious coming-of-age story about girls, growing up, gossip and God.

I'd grown up being told that if I found myself tempted to behave in an unkind way, I just had to ask myself, 'What would Jesus do?' And then do that. Something hard pinged off the back of my seat and bounced down the aisle. So the question was, what would Jesus do if the Jameson sisters started chucking Jaffas at his head?

It is 1984 and fifteen-year-old Hester Jones is not having a good year. Her best friend has moved away and, even though Natalie and Lynda are allowing her to hang out with them, Hester's struggling to keep up with her cool new friends. Plus, she has the most embarrassing dad in the world, who's never, ever going to let her go to the birthday bash Natalie's planning. Worst of all, her Science teacher's making her work on a project about evolution with that weird Joshua Mason...

When everything goes wrong and the world stops making sense, Hester has to decide: is it better to be a sheep, or a goat?

'Michelle Cooper has created a truly enjoyable read. Her writing style has the innocence of adolescence and is strengthened rather than diminished by its religious aspects. I laughed when she laughed and - though I'd never admit it - I cried when she cried and at the end I reveled in Hester's triumph. THE RAGE OF SHEEP reads like a dream and will remain in my bookcase for years to come. I didn't expect to - but I loved it.' Katherine, age 15,

'This book made me laugh, cry and finish reading with a smile on my face . . . If you enjoy reading books that delve into social issues and yet can still resurface without bogging themselves down this would be the one for you. * * * * * ' pandapjays, age 17,

'Cooper's talent lies in setting up a fairly familiar scenario, and then casually shattering all of her readers' expectations. It's cleverly done, and the 1980s setting adds to the book's charm' Ronni Phillips, THE CANBERRA TIMES

'. . . good food for thought on philosophical issues - as well as an entertaining read.' AUSTRALIAN BOOKSELLER & PUBLISHER

ISBN: 9781741662405
ISBN-10: 1741662400
Audience: Teenager / Young Adult
For Ages: 13 - 18 years old
For Grades: 9 - 12
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st August 2007
Publisher: Random House Australia
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 13.0  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.27

Michelle Cooper

Michelle Cooper is a speech pathologist specialising in learning disabilities and reluctant readers, so she's passionate about getting children and teenagers interested in books. Michelle was inspired to write her first novel, THE RAGE OF SHEEP, after events such as September 11, when she found that teenagers wanted to engage in discussions about religion and religious intolerance. Michelle lives in Sydney and is currently working on more novels for teenagers, including the sequels to A BRIEF HISTORY OF MONTMARAY. Visit www.michellecooper-writer.com for more information about Michelle and her books. Books by Michelle Cooper

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