A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
Archive for the ‘Private lives’ Category
A beautiful and distinguished family.
Subhi is a refugee. Born in an Australian permanent detention center after his mother and sister fled the violence of a distant homeland, Subhi has only ever known life behind the fences. But his world is far bigger than that—every night, the magical Night Sea from his mother’s stories brings him gifts, the faraway whales sing to him, and the birds tell their stories. And as he grows, his imagination threatens to burst beyond the limits of his containment.
The most vivid story of all, however, is the one that arrives one night in the form of Jimmie—a scruffy, impatient girl who appears on the other side of the wire fence and brings with her a notebook written by the mother she lost. Unable to read it herself, she relies on Subhi to unravel her family’s love songs and tragedies.
Subhi and Jimmie might both find comfort—and maybe even freedom—as their tales unfold. But not until each has been braver than ever before.
The haunting story centers on Jonas who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory does he begin to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community.
9 year old Bruno lives in Berlin with his parents and 12 year old sister. His world is turned upside down when he is told that the family is moving from his beautiful home, away from his friends, to a strange place he calls “Out-With”, where a very important man called “The Fury” has sent his father to be in charge. Bruno dislikes Out-With and is very lonely, he can see from his bedroom window that there are lots of people living behind a big wire fence beyond his new home, and wonders why he can’t play with the children there.
He sets off exploring one day and encounters a boy sitting just within the wire fence, they strike up a conversation and begin a beautifully naïve and moving friendship that continues until Bruno makes the innocent but heartbreakingly tragic decision to join his friend on the other side of the fence.
When the school suggests she joins Bake Club to get her back on track, Lottie reluctantly agrees. The alternative – the school paying her mum a home visit – is not an option. But Lottie’s uncertainty about Bake Club melts away as she rekindles her love of baking and gets caught up with Mac, school rebel and another unwilling Bake Club member.
As the end-of-year Bake Off approaches, the tension rises. Can Lottie keep up the facade of her perfect life? And can her bubbling romance with Mac survive the pressure?
They escaped from the Nazis but how long can they now survive when there are so many people ready to hand them over for a reward?
Thanks to the courage of a kind, brave woman they are able to hide for a time in the open, but Felix knows he has a distinguishing feature that identifies him as a Jew.
It is the summer of 1965 and Charlie Bucktin is a 13-year-old boy in the mining town of Corrigan. Charlie is engrossed in the novels of William Faulkner, Harper Lee, Flannery O’Connor and Mark Twain. On the sweaty night that he begins reading Pudd’nhead Wilson, Jasper Jones, an older indigenous boy, appears at his window. “Jasper Jones,” Charlie explains, “has a terrible reputation in Corrigan. He’s a thief, a liar, a thug, a truant.”
Jasper needs Charlie’s help. He leads Charlie out of town to his secret glade deep in the bush. Here Laura Wishart hangs dead from a tree. Charlie, terrified, insists on reporting her death but Jasper is convinced that it is murder and that he is being framed for it: “This town, they think I’m a bloody animal … They don’t need any more than what they see right here.” So they cut Laura from the tree, weigh down her body with granite and dump it in a dam. Pledging secrecy, Jasper and Charlie also vow to expose Laura’s killer.