Simon Pulse

February 2010

$14.99 AU

380p pb

ISBN:  978-1416975076

fp February 2009

Far From You

Lisa Schroeder

from the book...

Lost and alone...down the rabbit hole.

Years have passed since Alice lost her mother to cancer, but time hasn't quite healed the wound. Alice copes the best she can by writing her music, losing herself in her love for her boyfriend, and distancing herself from her father and his new wife.

But when a deadly snowstorm traps Alice with her stepmother and newborn half sister, she'll face issues she's been avoiding for too long. As Alice looks to the heavens for guidance, she discovers something wonderful.

Perhaps she's not so alone after all....

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This verse novel tells of an experience that many of us will relate to – having to accept a parent’s new partner into the family. In Alice’s case, she still deeply misses her mother who died of cancer, and bitterly resents her father’s new wife, Victoria. Not only that, but now there is a new baby sister as well. Alice wants nothing to do with any of them.

The night that Alice, Victoria and the baby become stranded in their car during a snowstorm brings tensions out into the open as they battle for survival.

While the plot is reasonably predictable, the emotions explored here are genuine and the characters believable. The desperate occupants of the snowbound car are made to seem so realistic that you can almost feel the cold and their mounting desperation.

The writing is simple and beautiful, at times more poetry than novel. Girls who like reading about relationships, love and conflict should find this an easy and enjoyable read.

Irene, Canberra, Australia

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