Meet Venny -- a tall, good looking sixteen year old Australian boy who hates schoolwork and just wants a good life and a flashy car. Meet Saffron -- a bright, artistic orphan, living a sophisticated life of luxury with her great-aunt Beatrice in New York. Laugh and cry with these unlikely but likeable pen friends. Fast cars, exotic locations, dreams, confessions, tragedy and an engaging love story. Neighbours and Hollyoaks meet real life.
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Gary Crew is a lecturer in Creative Writing and is Chair of the Queensland Writer's Centre. He has won various literary prizes including the Book of the Year for Older Readers, and the American Children's Book of Distinction. Libby Hawthorn is the author of many outstanding novels for children and young adults. Her multitude of awards include the Society of School Librarian's International Honour Book, and the American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults. Her titles frequently appear in American and Australian children's Best Book and Honour Book listings.Review:
'Readers will laugh and cry throughout this rollercoaster of a novel. These two skilful writers create enormous tension and emotion through the rough ride of two teenage lives. I would recommend this book to any teenager, as well as their parents.' -- Jackie Harris, Worcester Evening News 'The emotional interplay is handled well and the exotic lifestyles and emotional disclosure make the book.' -- Books for Keeps, January 2001 'We found this book to be both interesting and enjoyable as it shows the importance of not making assumptions about other people. The ending is suitably intriguing.' -- Daniel (age 14) and Richard (age 10), Education Otherwise
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Book Description Floris Books, 2000. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0863153313