Peeling the Onion

Peeling the Onion : A gripping story, told with honesty and biting humour

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Jenny rushes in; stops and turns pale at the sight of my scaffolded neck. This isn't what she expected to see - and for a moment Jenny, sunny, effervescent, ever-optimistic Jenny, stares at me and can't speak.

'They made a mistake - I broke my neck after all.'

Jenny begins to cry. And I think that maybe this is what best friends are for, not to be brave for you, but to tell you this is real, and it stinks.

Anna is used to being athletic, popular, 'normal'. Now she feels the layers of her familiar self being peeled away; nothing is normal or easy. Can she pick up the pieces of her life? What part will Hayden and Luke play? And who, now, is Anna Duncan?
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Product details

  • Paperback | 172 pages
  • 130 x 195mm | 164g
  • Allen & Unwin Children's Books
  • Sydney, Australia
  • English
  • 1741149339
  • 9781741149333
  • 471,996

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Reviews of 1st editionFull of power and honesty, touched with humour' Australian Bookseller and Publisher, July 1996Healing, honest, provocative ... a story of personal growth' Reading Time, 40, 4A gripping narrative, told with smarting honesty' School Library JournalHeartfelt and absorbing ... refreshingly free of melodrama' Lowdown, Aug 1996The author displays yet again her precise observation of family relationships and her flair for creating original and richly individual characters' Magpies, Sept 1996Superbly crafted.' Booklist (USA)
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About Wendy Orr

Wendy Orr was born in Edmonton, Canada, but grew up in various places across Canada, France and the USA. She started writing for children after a career as an occupational therapist. She's the author of many award-winning books, and lives on the Mornington Peninsula.
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