Alan Warburton and Pamela Jones, Grandma Bella
This book is far more than a novel for young girls.
While it is about Alex, an adolescent about to turn 13, it is also about her family and friends and follows some traumatic events in Alex’s life.
She is close to her grandmother Bella, who imparts much wisdom in assisting Alex to negotiate the separation of her parents, a health scare, the loss of her best friend, the death of her beloved grandfather and her first crush.
Alex is endorsed by Lifeline, the Cancer Council of Australia and Diabetes Australia as it can be used to stimulate discussion with teenagers about life issues and healthy living.
It offers a series of questions at the end under chapter headings, which could be used in families, schools, churches, youth groups or book clubs to provoke discussions about families, health issues and faith.
It is quite a good little book but possibly has limited appeal unless you are a 14-year-old girl. However, it is local and current and for some people who work with young girls it could be useful.
See also Guy Barnett’s review.