What happens when you can't love the baby you thought you'd adore? Sometimes it seems that the best thing is to run away. This beautifully written novel is Emily's story.
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(195mm x 130mm x 18mm)
Allen & Unwin Children's Books
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This companion work to Mahalia (2004) presents the story of infant Mahalia's mother, where its predecessor chronicled her father's struggles with teen parenthood. Emily, wracked by post-partum depression, has abandoned her five-month-old child, leaving her in the young father's care. Fleeing across Australia to the home of her godmother, she spends her days sleeping too much, eating little and periodically savoring the pain of cutting herself. A stay-at-home father and his preschooler befriend her and help her - slowly - on the path of healing. When she eventually feels ready to care for her now year-old daughter, she finds much has changed there, with new issues to face. Engaging, sensitive prose follows Emily's struggle at a slow, deliberate pace that may frustrate some readers, but her depression is believable and readers will be caught up in their concern for her. Horniman shines a light of realism on the two sides of the many struggles teen parents face. As a stand-alone novel this works well, but is even more effective when paired with the companion work. (Fiction. 12 & up) (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Joanne Horniman
Joanne Horniman has spent most of her life in country New South Wales, apart from a few years in Sydney and some time travelling overseas. She has worked as an editor, teacher and artist - some of the posters she helped produce are in the print collection of the Australian National Gallery. She has written many books for children and teenagers, including Secret Scribbled Notebooks (A+U 2004), winner of the 2005 Qld Premier's Literary Award and shortlisted for the Victorian Premier's and CBCA Awards. A Charm of Powerful Trouble (A+U 2002) was shortlisted for three Premier's Literary awards, and Mahalia (A+U 2001) was a CBC Honour book, and also shortlisted for numerous awards. Her next book with Allen + Unwin, to be published in 2008, will be a companion volume to Secret Scribbled Notebooks.