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The Vale Girl - Nelika McDonald

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Published: 1st August 2013
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"If you leave no trace, nobody could say later whether you were even there at all."

Fourteen-year-old Sarah Vale has gone missing in the small town of Banville. She's the daughter of the town whore so no one seems particularly concerned.

No one cares except Tommy Johns, who loves Sarah Vale with all the unadulterated, tentative passion of a teenage boy. He galvanises the town's policeman Sergeant Henson and, together, they turn the town inside out, searching for the lost girl.

A delicate and layered exploration of secrets and lies, forgotten children and absent parents, and the long shadows of the past.

An extraordinary debut from a talented new writer.

About the Author

Nelika McDonald was born in Brisbane in 1983. She currently lives with her husband in a cosy den of books and cats in Melbourne. She spent her twenties studying, travelling and working in lots of different jobs and highly recommends this approach to not having any money. She has been, at various times, a cleaner, a media reader, museum staff member and a sales assistant in a pet shop, a jewellery shop, a homewares shop, a clothes shop, a kitchen shop and a tea shop. Now, she gets to write whenever she likes, and is allowed to wear pyjamas and drink tea while she does it.

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    5.0

    The Vale Girl

    By Linda

    from NSW, AU

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    Pros

    • Deserves Multiple Readings
    • Easy To Read
    • Engaging characters
    • Well Written

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      I love the story

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      5.0

      Fantastic debut

      By Sassy

      from Gladesville

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      • Engaging characters
      • Well Written

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        Comments about The Vale Girl:

        I loved this book, and it's snapshot of a rural town.
        The characters were multifaceted, and completely plausible. I would especially recommend this book to mid teens and older.

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        5.0

        Stunning debut

        By Shelleyrae

        from NSW, Au

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        • Engaging characters
        • Page-Turner
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          Comments about The Vale Girl:

          The Vale Girl is a thought provoking study of a community and its outsiders, of parents and their children, of ruined dreams and the desperate grasp of hope. A compelling and impressive debut I wouldn't hesitate to recommend.

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          ISBN: 9781742612423
          ISBN-10: 1742612423
          Audience: General
          Format: Paperback
          Language: English
          Number Of Pages: 320
          Published: 1st August 2013
          Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
          Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.4  x 2.4
          Weight (kg): 0.4
          Edition Number: 1