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Book Review: Juno Of Taris by Fleur Beale - Reviewed by Boomert (14 Jan 2010)
The Taris project is the last hope of a world falling apart. An island sheltered by a dome from the outside world. A community of 500 people sheltering from the outside. Juno is 12 and she hates having her head shaved every week just like everyone else. She hates that she is not allowed to question and not allowed to make up her own steps for the dances. The fear and loathing she senses from her community’s leaders makes her fearful. Her world is changing. Juno of Taris is an interesting examination of a community isolated from the rest of the world. It looks closely at issues of totalitarianism, commercialism and freedom. The story picks up pace once the halfway mark is reached and then races away as each new truth is revealed. This is reminiscent of the classic science-fiction premise of the generation ship crossed with the post-viral-apocalypse subgenre. Juno is a believable narrator for the story. Her earnest desires for freedom and the right to question draw the reader in. An enjoyable read for the 12-plus age group.
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 t
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