Juno of Taris
By (author) Fleur Beale
Juno of Taris by Fleur Beale
Book DescriptionWhat happens when life in a perfect, protected bubble unravels? The heroine of the first novel in an exciting sci-fi / fantasy series for young adult readers is about to find out. This exciting, futuristic novel with a strong heroine and a compelling storyline won Fleur Beale the Esther Glen Award 2009 and was shortlisted for the 2009 NZ Post Children's Book Awards. It explores the struggle of Juno, a young teen on the verge of adulthood, who is torn between her need to fit in and belong in her society, and her growing discomfort and questioning of that society's rules. Your ordinary teen? Not quite! Because Juno lives - in the not-too-distant future - on Taris, a bubble-covered island in the Pacific, to which a select few hundred people were evacuated when Earth's inhabitants took everything just a bit too far and began to self-destruct. On Taris there are many rules governing appearance, behaviour, even procreation a but all are for the good of the community, to ensure the survival of humankind. Or are they? As Taris' protected environment begins to break down and Juno's questioning nature takes hold, she uncovers some startling inconsistencies in many of the 'factual' histories she has grown up with. She also begins to develop some quite startling, almost supernatural, abilities. As Juno faces increasing danger, she finds allies in the most surprising places. Juno of Taris examines many themes: peer pressure, environmental breakdown, the fictionalization of history, societal control and challenging authority. But perhaps most important of all, it is a thoroughly good read from one of New Zealand's very best writers for young adults.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781869419882
(198mm x 128mm x 26mm)
Imprint: Random House New Zealand Ltd
Publisher: Random House New Zealand Ltd
Publish Date: 4-Jul-2008
Country of Publication: New Zealand
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Author Biography - Fleur Beale
Fleur Beale is the author of many award-winning books for children and young adults - she has now had more than 40 books published in New Zealand, as well as being published in the United States and England. Beale is the only writer to have twice won the Storylines Gaelyn Gordon Award for a Much-Loved Book:with Slide the Corner in2007, and I Am Not Esther in 2009. She won the Esther Glen Award for distinguished contribution to children's literature for Juno of Taris in the 2009 LIANZA Children's Book Awards. Fierce September won the YA category in the 2011 NZ Post Children's Book Awards and the LIANZA Young Adult Award in 2011. In 2012 she won the Margaret Mahy Medal for her outstanding contribution to children's writing. In 1999, Beale was Dunedin College of Education's Writer in Residence. A former high-school teacher, Beale lives in Wellington. One of Beale's most well-known books is I Am Not Esther, the story of a girl who is sent to live with relatives who are members of a strict religious cult. It's a gripping psychological thriller that won an Honour Award in the 1990 New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards and features in the latest volume of 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up, produced by UK publisher Quintessence. It was reissued in 2012 and has been in print since first published. Magpies identified it as a novel that 'will have relevance wherever there are attempts to control the minds and emotions of children'. The bulk of Beale's writing is set in the contemporary world. Topics range from boys who fix up an old car to bash around a paddock with, a girl who must take over her father's business until he's well enough to take back the reins, to a story about a 15-year-old boy who is a top kart racer. The New Zealand Listener has called Beale 'one of the most consistently accomplished and versatile writers for teenagers in the country'. A 'strong storyteller' (Trevor Agnew, The Press) who is 'consistently engaging' (Frances Grant, Weekend Herald), Beale is a popular participant in the Writers in School programme, testifying that she is 'in touch with the modern young market' (Northern Advocate). Her entry in The Oxford Companion to New Zealand Literature noted that her characters are 'intensely aware of their difficulties, social troubles and shortcomings', and in so doing she exhibits 'her understanding of teenagers, male and female, and ability to motivate even reluctant readers'. Acclaimed as 'a riveting futuristic story', in the National Library's Services to Schools review,Juno of Tarris was likened to Bernard Beckett's Genesis and the 'classic' The Giver by Lois Lowry. The reviewer concluded: 'it is a brilliant story that completely enthralled me'. The sequel, Fierce September, was named one of The New Zealand Listener's '50 Best Children's Books of 2010', and North and South praised its narrative for its 'compelling authenticity', while the Otago Daily Times wrote: 'The writing is tight; the characterisation credible, and the narrative exciting.' The book's innovative technique of opening each chapter with a blog commentary on events was widely acclaimed, the reviewer in Magpies commenting that the 'cross-media technique of combining online blogs with traditional text ... brings the book vividly into our world'. Reviewing The Heart of Danger, the concluding volume in the Juno trilogy, in New Zealand Books, Angelina Sbroma identified Juno as a 'protagonist of wish-fulfilment fantasy in the grand tradition', but for all that is still a 'rounded character'. The book left Bob Docherty requesting a fourth volume.
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