A Yearling  Book
Random House

November 2007

$5.99US

168p pb

ISBN: 978-0440420552

fp April 2006

Pieces Of Georgia: a novel

Jen Bryant

from the book...

When the school counsellor hands her a red leather journal, Georgia McCoy wonders how she'll ever fill up those empty pages. After all, her life isn't that exciting. She's not popular in school; she spends a lot of time in the nurse's office staring at the goldfish; and even when she knows the answers in class, she can't seem to get the words out. Worst of all, her name is on some "At Risk" list on the school secretary's desk.

 

Things aren't much better at home, either. Like her mother, Georgia is an artist, but her dad turns away every time he sees her with a sketchbook - he's even quieter now than he used to be. Sometimes it's hard to remember what it was like when her mother was till alive...and they were a family.

 

But then a few days after her thirteenth birthday, Georgia receives a mysterious gift in the mail: a formal letter, all typed up, granting her membership to the Brandywine River Museum. A letter signed anonymous. That's when things begin to change.

 

From the critically acclaimed author of The Trial comes a heart-warming new novel in poems about thirteen-year-old Georgia - aspiring artist, grieving daughter, struggling student, genuine friend - and about a broken family coming together.

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Pieces of Georgia is about how Georgia, a young artist, writes to her mum in a red leather diary about her friend, her dad, school and the membership card to Brandywine River Museum of Art she got from anonymous. With her friend talking drugs and her dad not letting her draw, will everything clear up, or is that the way it will be for the rest of her life?

I recommend this book for Grades 6 to 9 because it shows what the side effects can be if you lose a loved one. It also shows that you can get your life back together. I give this book a 9 out of 10.

Lauren, Year 6, Canberra, Australia

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