Girltopia by Hilary Rogers

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Scholastic, 2018. ISBN 9781742994581
Recommended. Themes: Coming-of-age. Set in Melbourne, a virus wreaks havoc on the men and boys within the city. Clara is front and centre to the information as her Mum is a lead Doctor on solving the problem. Not keen on waiting for her Mum and the other Doctors for a solution, Clara is determined to step in and locate her Dad and see what can be done. She drags her best friend, Arabella and a family friend, Izzy, to assist in her mission.
Clara shows us what a strong-minded girl with great support can achieve.
This is a fast-paced, exciting novel with a balance of intrigue and personal journey. Clara's physical and emotional development is sensitively portrayed.
It explores female coming-of-age issues, amid the action of the story.
Donna Isgar