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May 26 2008

Pip: the story of Olive by Kim Kane

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Allen & Unwin 2008
(Age 11 Ė 13) It's not easy having a mother named Mog who was once a hippy and now is a well respected lawyer and judge, a father whom you've never met but you only know as WilliamPetersMustardSeed and a best friend who has the 'perfect' family and who suddenly disowns you to hang out with 'the most elegant girl in Year 7'! On top of this you discover you have a twin sister....or do you? Olive has never felt like she belongs and as she enters high school, life becomes a little more challenging. With a desire to fit in and the sudden arrival of Pip, Olive sets out on a quest to find her father and try and discover who she is. Along the way she makes a new friend and discovers some talents she didn't realise she had. Life as a teenager is filled with self discovery, friendship issues, search for identity, family relationships and the need to belong. This is a great first novel that explores the chaotic life of adolescent girls and the ways they cope with the challenges life throws them.
Tracy Glover

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