The Key to the Golden Firebird
Published by Harper Collins, 2004
Reading confession – I really love sister-stories in YA. Yep, am a total sucker for them, and really enjoyed this book. Following the sudden death of their father (in his beloved Firebird convertible), the lives of the Gold sisters, Brooks, Mayzie and Palmer, have been forever altered. A year later, May is desperately trying to keep the family together and starts driving lessons with neighbour/nemesis Pete. The Key to the Golden Firebird is a touching and funny novel about grieving and the importance of family. Without giving accidently giving anything away, I want to say that the last chapter is just amazing and really ‘made’ this book for me.
Girl at Sea
Published by Harper Collins, 2008
13 Little Blue Envelopes
Published by Harper Collins, 2006
A collection of envelopes from her recently deceased aunt, sends Ginny on a whirlwind adventure around Europe. Each envelope gives Ginny instructions and a task – whether it be supporting a (very attractive, kilt-wearing) starving artist in London, visiting Vestal Virgins and buying boys cake in Rome or staying in horrible hostels in Amsterdam. Though I felt that Ginny was a bit more subdued than your typical Maureen Johnson heroine, her journey is engaging and her travel observations amusing. If anything, I do wish there was a bit more in the Ginny/Keith (wearer of kilts) storyline – but with a sequel to come, I’ll cross my fingers!