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Lara's parents are divorced and she can hardly remember her father. But when her mother dies, Lara has to leave her familiar life behind and join her father and his new family in the Australian outback. Her stepmother is brusque and rejecting, making no attempt to welcome Lara, and the children take their cues from her. How can Lara find love and acceptance in this harsh place? Lara feels desperately lonely and grieves for her mother and the life they had together.

In a summer of raging storms, Lara must fight the storm within herself. On a long, solitary walk one day, almost as if she is meant to receive this consolation, Lara encounters a strange and beautiful dog. She names it Thunderwith and , through this unexpected friendship, she finds the strength to face her new life and find the way to happiness...
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 111 x 176 x 24mm | 183g
  • Hodder Children's Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0340739886
  • 9780340739884
  • 1,892,942

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'The author has achieved something remarkable.' Literary Journal 'A rich, absorbing novel.' Quadrant 'Hathorn has shown an outstanding empathy for teenage readers in the manner in which she has developed Lara's character... Beautifully sensitive.' The Canberra Times 'The symbolic strength to be found in nature is as much to be observed in Libby Hathorn's imagery as in the concomitant power of the imagination.' Children's Book Council of Australia report. Hathorn deftly injects a sense of wonderment into this intense, very real story. Readers cannot help but be swept up in the action and emotion. * Publishers Weekly * 'Thunderwith is worked out against a vividly pictorial setting of bush and seashore and firmly drawn characters, giving a feeling of reality to an accomplished piece of fiction.' Librarian's Journal 'Hathorn deftly injects a sense of wonderment into this intense, very real story. Readers cannot help but be swept up in the action and emotion.' Publishers Weekly a rich, absorbing novel * Quadrant * Tags such as 'ambitious' and 'rich' will undoubtedly be affixed to Thunderwith - and deservedly so. The author's control over her complex subject is admirable; her insight into character sure and true; her ear for dialogue keen...the author has achieved something remarkable * Literary Journal * 'A powerful novel about hope and the human spirit's ability to finally win through.' Courier Mail, Brisbane A sensitive, beautifully told story * Families South East * Emotional but never sentimental, packed full of feelings, this imaginative and accomplished novel should not be missed * Carousel *
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About Libby Hathorn

Libby Hathorn was born in New South Wales, Australia, and grew up in Sydney. She has published many works of fiction for both adults and children, including the Kate Greenaway Medal-winning picture book, Way Home. She has won many awards during her distinguished writing career and in 1992 was awarded the inaugural New South Wales Children's Award for her services to children's literature. Thunderwith was her first novel for young adults and has been translated into several languages as well as receiving awards and glowing reviews both in Australia and overseas. Thunderwith was directly inspired by Libby's family holidays in the Wallingat rainforest: 'One night there was a huge storm and when I looked out of the window, this big black dog ran across the clearing, a very proud and wonderful-looking animal. Afterwards, when I climbed back into the bunk where I had been sleeping, there seemed to be this chanting thing going on between the thunder and the rain on the roof 'Thunderwith, Thunderwith.' By morning, I had a story.'.
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647 ratings
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4 32% (204)
3 23% (150)
2 6% (38)
1 7% (47)
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