Tessa Duder’s heroine Alex is articulate, feisty, talented, determined and fragile.
She is a champion swimmer, aiming to qualify for the Olympics. She’s also a hockey player, musician and an amateur dramatist who faces health problems and a tragedy.
The book gripped me from the opening sentence, held me through to the last word and stayed with me long after I finished it.
It is the first book in a quartet and the author maintains the high standards she set in the first book in all of the other three.
Alex won the New Zealand Story Book of the Year in 1988 and it also won the Esther Glen Award for children’s writing.
Post 14 in the post a day for New Zealand Book Month challenge.
Rob posts on 101 Great Tramps and Grant Smithies’ SoundTrack.
Over at In A Strange Land Deborah posts on Seadog: A tale of Old New Zealand by Dorothy Butler, illustrated by Lyn Kriegler.