'Every school has one. They are ugly or fat. They have scars or acne or birthmarks. Or maybe it's just something about them that doesn't quite fit with our video-hits view of how teenagers should be?..We are mean to them. We ridicule them. We make monsters of them. We don't want to stand near them or sit next to them...Perdita was one of those. If you had asked me how I felt about her I would have said that I hated her, but I couldn't have told you why.'..Megan is one of the leaders of the in-group. She wouldn't dream of talking to Perdita, 'the Freak'. But when they are thrown together in detention, she finds herself drawn into a spiky, challenging almost-friendship. Megan then faces an uncomfortable choice: Perdita or the group?..Alyssa Brugman's first novel, Finding Grace, has been widely and warmly acclaimed for its humour and freshness. In Walking Naked she has written sharply observed, unflinching story about the ins and outs of girls' friendships, the power of words and poetry and the painful getting of wisdom.
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(195mm x 130mm x 14mm)
Allen & Unwin Children's Books
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Megan Tuw, a not-very-likable teen, is self-absorbed and ruled by peer pressure. She bullies people in her group-her Australian high school's in-crowd-and ignores others who are "different" or not useful. Assigned detention for rudeness to a teacher, Megan gets to know Perdita Wiguiggan, an eccentric classmate, dubbed by her fellow students as "The Freak." As detention progresses, Megan reluctantly recognizes Perdita's brilliance and love of poetry while Perdita attempts to lure Megan into an unwanted intimacy that jeopardizes her standing in the group. The conflict between Megan's loyalty to her group and her budding admiration for Perdita's intelligence and ability to "walk naked" in the eyes of the world breaks down many of her defenses, leaving her bereft and enraged after Perdita commits suicide. Thoughtfully chosen, skillfully placed poetry by William Blake, Christina Rossetti, Andrew Taylor, and others enriches a provocative examination of peer pressure, the nature of loyalty and living with the consequences of betrayal. A painful look at the naked truth. (Fiction. YA) (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Alyssa Brugman
Alyssa Brugman is Communications Manager for a non-profit training and employment organisation. Her first novel, Finding Grace, was published by Allen + Unwin in 2001 to critical acclaim. This is her second.