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Sep 27 2007

One whole and perfect day by Judith Clarke

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Allen & Unwin
Age 13+  Sensible 16 year old Lily has what she considers a 'freakish' family. Her father left home before she was born and her mother takes in stray people. Her grandfather has chased her brother Lonnie out of his home with an axe and her grandmother talks to an invisible friend Sef. When Nan decides to hold an 80th birthday for Pop and wants all the family there, Lily the sensible one, is left to try and get everyone together for one whole and perfect day.
Judith Clarke has collected together a group of engaging characters who face a series of engrossing and often humourous dilemmas to flesh out her themes of love and family.
This is a beautifully written and complex story that is difficult to put down.


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