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Description - Alaska by Saliba Sue

Award-winning author Sue Saliba's lyrical young adult novel about following your heart to the most unexpected and beautiful of places.

mia's heart made a sound that no one heard except for mia
late one night when she woke from dreams into darkness.
ethan was asleep beside her, and em was a forest away.
outside it was night and dark and alaska.the sky was upside down.

When Mia follows her sister halfway across the world to Alaska, she discovers that love can be found in the most unexpected and beautiful of places. But can Mia find the courage to follow her heart in Alaska? And what if the one you love is not all that you wish them to be?

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780143206118
Format: Paperback / softback
(198mm x 130mm x 14mm)
Pages: 194
Imprint: Penguin Books Australia
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
Publish Date: 27-Jun-2011
Country of Publication: Australia

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Book Review: Alaska by Saliba Sue - Reviewed by (01 Jul 2011)

Alaska is the moving, thoughtful and generally teriffical story of a girl called Mia who leaves her life in Melbourne with her mother who is usually drunk and often in hospital... everything she's ever known, to follow her sister Em all the way to Alaska, where they can once again be the closest of siblings, where they can start a new life and forget they ever had troubles in their old life... But Em has a family, and she needs to look after them, she isn't so close to Mia and all too soon Mia realises that Alaska doesn't feel like home. It's not what she's expected at all. But there is still a chance of becoming one with the land, there is a boy who makes her feel alive and like she's in the right place. And he's amazing. But can he be everything he seems? Can he truly be what Mia wants... can Alaska?

Alaska is a one of a kind book; with a conservational side to the story that makes it all the more brilliant, it is a beautiful novel to the last.

Book Review: Alaska by Saliba Sue - Reviewed by (23 Jun 2011)

Winter's Shadow is welcome new edition to the paranormal scene. The supernatural aspect is unique and stand-out, unprecedented in a way that makes trying to guess what comes next extremely difficult. Immediately there was one great thing about it: unpredictability.

Though the book follows the apparently-not-so-normal-girl-is-dropped-onto-paranormal-scene, the way Winter finds out about Blake's world and the pace at which information is revealed is suspenseful. We're learning new things alongside Winter right until the very end of the book.

If there was a flaw in Winter's Shadow, however, it'd be the detached narration. The over-done writing style had a formality that isn't natural to a typical teenager's narration. For some characters, that style could have been appropriate, but it didn't help make Winter a character that you feel as though you know.

The tone of the novel was constantly foreshadowing and spooky, reaching an eerie calm at the end of the book once things have settled that still doesn't entirely hint at this being the true ending. I really do look forward to seeing where the author takes us in the sequel he's currently writing.

Topped with a dramatic twist at the ending, Winter's Shadow was an engaging and interesting debut from an Australian author to keep an eye on.

I give Winter's Shadow a 4 out of 5.

Book Review: Alaska by Saliba Sue - Reviewed by (23 Jun 2011)

Sue Saliba’s Alaska follows Mia, who has left home and her sick, alcoholic mother to go to Alaska and be with her sister that she was once so close to.

Alaska is told in gorgeous, lyrical episodic verse, free from constraints of some punctuation. While this aspect takes a while to appreciate, once accustomed to it, it only adds to the raw beauty of the writing.

The relationships between characters in Alaska are incredibly well-written, realistic, and explore different dynamics and their effects on other aspects of the characters’ lives. The scenes in the novel where characters interact will take your breath away.

Evoked clearly and brilliantly even through third person is Mia’s voice. Her tone is quietly intense, sometimes almost melancholy, and full of wonder. She’s was an interesting and uniquely thoughtful character to read about.

Everything about this book is completely gorgeous. The prose, the story, the message; even the design. The cover is designed by Allison Colpoys, winner of an APA Design Award in 2011. The subtle things about the illustration are the best about it: the way the animals have the same, piercing eyes; the way the barcode on the back is worked into an illustration of a tree trunk; the way the headings within the work match the cover's typography.

Alaska is a quietly powerful story that could teach anyone lessons about the appreciating the world and the people around us. A definite must-read.


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