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'I did meet a Boy,' Midge snaps. 'He has wavy brown hair, and he's English. I met him at the Library. We had romantic picnics by the river and we kissed. A lot.'..Midge has never had a boyfriend - so she makes one up. Then she is paired for the Major Project with George, the New Boy, who doodles dragons, tucks in his shirt, has a mysterious past and an unseemly interest in secrets. Soon Midge's white lie turns into a web of deceit as she fabricates emails from her imaginary boyfriend, and even a MySpace page...Then one day, Midge comes face-to-face with her imaginary boyfriend in the school corridor. Tall, brown wavy hair, English accent - he's exactly as she'd described him - right down to his name. Ben catches on quickly and rescues her from certain humiliation - kissing her in front of all her friends. He seems the answer to her prayers. A dream come true. The Perfect Boyfriend! But he turns out to be not quite perfect after all, and before long Midge finds herself in all sorts of trouble.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781742377650
ISBN-10: 1742377653
Format: Paperback
(195mm x 130mm x 13mm)
Pages: 192
Imprint: Allen & Unwin Children's Books
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Publish Date: 1-May-2011
Country of Publication: Australia

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Author Biography - Lili Wilkinson

Lili was first published in Voiceworks magazine when she was eleven. Following an honours degree in Creative Arts and six months teaching English in Japan, Lili began working at the Centre for Youth Literature, State Library of Victoria, where she is currently employed as the Web Project Manager + Event Coordinator. This is her third book for younger readers, following Scatterheart and the non-fiction title Joan of Arc . Lili lives in inner Melbourne, and loves reading, quality TV, the work of Jim Henson and Japanese food.

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