"...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 her mother died, it'd been just her, her dad and her guinea pigs, Lulu and Fifi. A perfect, non-nuclear family. Exactly how Bee liked it. Nothing stays the same forever though, and when Jazzi moves in, bringing with her a whole new way of looking at the world and a whole lot of secrets, Bee knows things are 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 authorCatherine Bateson reminds us that love comes in many shapes and sizes... even in the form of guinea pigs.
About the Author
Catherine Bateson writes poetry, verse novels and novels for both younger readers and young adults. She has won the CBCA Book of the Year for Younger Readers twice - with Rain May and Captain Daniel, 2003, and Being Bee, 2006. Rain May and Captain Daniel also won the Queensland Premier's Literary Award. Three of her other novels, The Wish Pony, Painted Love Letters and Millie and the Night Heron were CBCA Honour Books. Millie and the Night Heron was shortlisted for the YABBA and the KOALA Children's Choice awards, 2007. Her first book for Woolshed Press was the critically acclaimed The Wish Pony, which was an Honour Book in the 2009 CBCA Book of the Year awards.
"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." - 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