The Art of Taxidermy

Sharon Kernot

Text Publsihing

July 2018

$19.99 AU

234p pb

ISBN: 978-1925603743

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Lottie is fascinated with death. She collects birds, lizards and other small dead animals she finds, trying preserve them, to hold onto the life they once had. Her aunt tries to put a stop to this worrying obsession, but her father can see a scientist’s mind at work, and he introduces her to the art of taxidermy. 

For Lottie, the beauty and tenderness she finds in her preserved creatures provide a way for her to feel close to the mother she lost. 

The Art of Taxidermy is an exquisitely imagined verse novel about sadness and loss, and the way art and beauty can help us make sense of it all.

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Charlotte has developed a peculiar obsession: the art of death, resurrection and restoration - the art of taxidermy. She finds animals and fossils now asleep forever and collects them, storing them in her laboratory. Not everyone understands her fascination. Her Aunt Hilda is determined to put a stop to it, adamant Charlotte’s obsession is vulgar, unhealthy and unladylike.

The Art of Taxidermy by Sharon Kernot is a contemporary, lyrical, verse novel, directed at the young adults of today's society. The novel explores topics of racism, sexism and identity, emphasising the difficulty in belonging, especially when you are different. Death is a very real thing for Charlotte. Much to the dislike of everyone, she has been drawn to it. Through her curiosity, she discovers the art of death, and how beauty can heal all that is lost. The Art of Taxidermy is an enticing novel told from the perspective of eleven-year-old Charlotte, who is trying to find her place in Australian society. As the plot unravels, her life is slowly pieced together, revealing her true identity. This novel is easy to read and recommended for teenagers, as they are also beginning to find their identity.

Ally, Year 9

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