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Meet the new R. Rowell on the block – a wonderful voice you’ll want to hear loads more from. (Nope, this isn’t the author of Fangirl, but she’s found a big fan in us.) Meg Bergman is fifteen and fed up. Maybe you know that feeling? The thing is, she has quite a lot to be fed up about. She lives in the middle of nowhere: a tiny rural village in 1990s South Africa. Plus, she has no friends, because her meddling mum keeps banging on about AIDS. (All the locals wish she’d just shut up.) Then, like a breath of fresh air – well, more of a hurricane – Xanthe shows up. Cool, urban, feisty Xanthe, who wants to hang out with Meg. Suddenly Meg is exploring a teenage life she never even knew existed. Until her childhood friend, Simon, returns to town and things start to go wrong…

  • Winner of the Branford Boase Award for debut authors
  • A brilliantly evocative South African coming-of-age tale
  • Fascinating look at a troubled nation in a time of change
  • Wonderful writing which perfectly captures Meg’s voice

“A work with real intelligence and quiet power.” Cuckoo Review

“Meg’s adolescent trials and tribulations are set against an intriguing portrait of a rapidly changing nation.” Booktrust

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Hot Key Books

Date published

January 2nd, 2014

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  • 272 pages


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