Review Blog

Jun 13 2016

Thanks for the trouble by Tommy Wallach

cover image

Simon and Schuster, 2016. ISBN 9781471146121
(Age: 16+) Highly recommended. 'Take stealing, for example. My Dad taught me that our society punishes people who only steal a little, but it rewards people who steal a lot.'
Parker Sante is a creative spirit who doesn't speak. He writes. He truants school and spends his time in the foyers of hotels. He watches guests and steals.
The day he meets a silver haired girl his life changes forever. She thinks he has a 'deranged form of graphomania' and he thinks Zelda is throwing her life away.
'Well, I'll make you a deal. I'll go to college if you don't jump off the Golden Gate Bridge.'
Would you want to live forever? This book explores the compromises made when life is without end, contrasting this with a life not lived, but avoided.
'Young people feel things so deeply, don't they?' she said quietly, almost to herself. 'Everything's happening for the first time.'
These two well developed and engaging characters affect each other deeply, but the life of only one of them will be transformed. The short stories written by Parker add another layer of depth to an already intriguing narrative. Is Zelda who she says she is? Can you ever become tired of life? There is an exploration of friendship that reveals many home truths and quiet understandings about the nature of humans and the grace of kindness.
Wallach has created scenarios that resonate with the world of the young adults and reinforces the value of believing in and remaining true to yourself.
Linda Guthrie

BUY IT NOW ON booktopia
Archived Blog Entries
Latest News
CBCA shortlists 2017
2017 ABIA longlist
The Stella Prize shortlist for 2017
YA Book Prize 2017 shortlist
Reading Children's book prize shortlist
Indie Book Awards 2017
CILIP Carnegie Medal 2017 shortlist
CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2017 shortlist
School Library Association Information Book Award 2017
2017 UKLA Book Awards shortlists
International Children's Book Day 2nd April, 2017
National Simultaneous Storytime 2017

ReadPlus Features
Print similar authors bookmark
Read similar authors
How to find lesson plans
Sample theme animation

Promote Reading
Staff holiday reading list 2016
South Australian Christian Schools Conference 2016 - Library Displays
Display calendars
Science fiction and fantasy lists SAETA conference 2015
Value of School Libraries
Library, Reading development and the Internet
Free Rights of the Reader Poster
Reviews: Author index
Books for boys
Bookmark and poster templates