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Nov 20 2017

Ava's big move by Mary Van Reyk

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Surf Riders Club series. Hachette Australia, 2017. ISBN 9780734417909
(Age: 10+) Highly recommended. Ava's Big Move is the first book in the series Surf Riders Club and has been created in collaboration with Surfing Australia.
A new beginning and a move for a dream to come true sees Ava unwillingly move with her family to a beachside town. She can't go on the yearly snowboard trip and she is leaving her best friend. Ava's first day of school and subsequent weeks end up being amazing thanks to new friends and the discovery of liking surfing. Now, Ava just needs to figure out if she has the skills to move to the next level in surfing lessons. Can she catch the five waves or will she be left behind? Through her surfing journey, Ava realises the move to a new town is pretty good. She is spending time with her older brother , seeing her parent's dreams come true and surviving high school.
Ava's Big Move is a great, positive story about new beginnings and everyday life. Even better, it is set in Australia. The themes of resilience, persistence and accepting others are strong throughout and Ava and her friends are strong role models for girls. The vocabulary is easy to read and understand. It might even inspire readers to create stories about their own adventures. highly recommended for girls aged 10+.
Kylie Kempster

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