This is a beautiful short children's story. Very cleverly written, with a wonderfully moving story line. My children loved this story when I read it. It also included a very clever little method of explaining to children what happens during an eclipse (making a difficult concept understandable for them).
A short story written in narrative verse. The author has found a lovely way of explaining to children not to be frightened of the dark. Being a mother myself this is an experience shared and related to, which was enjoyed and easily understood by my children.
This is a lovely story surrounding the relationship / friendship between a couple of teens who live in a quiet town. They both have aspirations for the future, but time interferes and the reader hopes for the best outcome. I would say that this book is ideal for mid-late teenage group; although it has to be said that I'm much older, and still loved it... I couldn't wait to see how this story ended.
Tessa is fifteen years old, and her problems really begin for her one day when she attends the local church. Firstly she is publicly accused (by a neighbour) of killing a bird, and then her pride is wounded further when she is forced to sing solo against her will... On that day things seem to go from bad to worse. Generally I don't laugh too easily, but I did actually find myself giggling quite often, while reading this story. I really hoped that things would turn out okay for Tessa in the end. I'd certainly recommend this story for the teenage market. Really good story.
I really do like this author's style. This book is the third one that I've read, and again I would say this is aimed towards the teen market; but I still really liked it.
Virginia seems to be quite a troubled teen, who is just trying to find her own way in life (many youngsters would relate very much to her feelings and emotions). Her parents have rather bizarre methods of trying to help her find herself, which includes going as far as arranging a date for her. In some ways this book bore similarities to my own teen experiances, making me laugh and cringe for her. Lovely story!