June 2011

$19.95 AU

186p pb

ISBN: 978-0143206118


Sue Saliba

from Penguin Australia...

Award-winning author Sue Saliba's lyrical young adult novel about following your heart to the most unexpected and beautiful of places.

mia's heart made a sound that no one heard except for mia
late one night when she woke from dreams into darkness.
ethan was asleep beside her, and em was a forest away.
outside it was night and dark and alaska. the sky was upside down.


When Mia follows her sister halfway across the world to Alaska, she discovers that love can be found in the most unexpected and beautiful of places. But can Mia find the courage to follow her heart in Alaska? And what if the one you love is not all that you wish them to be?

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From the attractive and eye catching cover to the unusual prose this is a book that stands out from the crowd. The book is written in small chunks without capital letters and uses bold text and small breaks with the image of a branch to effect; it is also divided into three sections: sky, forest, snow. This unusual format does not detract from the story in fact I felt it added atmosphere to the story.

Alaska is about 18 year old Mia who has travelled from Melbourne to Alaska to live with her sister, Em. She has left behind her mother and all the problems associated with it, or so she thinks. But Em has her own family now – her husband and young son and so things are not the same as when the two sisters only had each other. Into the mix comes Ethan, a mysterious young man who Mia strikes up a relationship with. This is all set against the wintry backdrop of Alaska and a forest, which is almost a character itself.

This book explores the characters in a deep and meaningful way. It shows how relationships change and grow and how nothing is absolute. By the end you feel you have been on an intense and emotional journey with Mia. It is easy to see how this book has been short listed for the 2012 Prime Ministers Literary Award.

Stephen, Canberra, Australia

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