A powerful novel for children from bestselling author Libby Hathorn.
How can 12-year-old Alan find happiness in a world that's fallen apart for him?
Where has his mum gone and why?
Living with sour Aunt Jessie at the Boomerang Milkbar is no fun in spite of nearby Coogee Beach. Alan misses his mother and two brothers, and big sister Desley's visits don't help. At his new school there's a bully, and even when he surfs with new friends, Alan is on the look-out for trouble.
Then the juke box and rock'n'roll arrive at the Boomerang, and everything changes.
Celebrating 25 years of Libby Hathorn, acclaimed author of the Australian young adult classic THUNDERWITH.
'Hathorn deftly injects a sense of wonderment into this intense, very real story. Readers cannot help but be swept up on the action and emotion.' - American Publishers Weekly on THUNDERWITH
'A powerful novel about hope and the human spirit's ability to finally win through.' - Courier Mail, Brisbane on THUNDERWITH
Hathorn deftly injects a sense of wonderment into this intense, very real story. Readers cannot help but be swept up on the action and emotion. - American Publishers Weekly on THUNDERWITH
A powerful novel about hope and the human spirit's ability to finally win through. - Courier Mail, Brisbane on THUNDERWITH
Libby Hathorn is an award-winning author and poet of more than seventy books for children, young adults, and adult readers. Translated into several languages and adapted for both stage and screen, her work has won honours in Australia, the United States, Great Britain and Holland. In 2014 she won The Alice Award, a national award given to 'a woman who has made a distinguished and long term contribution to Australian literature'. In 2017 she won the Asher Award, a peace prize, for A Soldier, a Dog and a Boy.
Her first young adult novel Thunderwith has enjoyed thirty years in continuous print and was made into a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie. Two of Libby's picture books, Grandma's Shoes and Sky Sash So Blue, have been performed as operas, with a third, Outside, with music composed by Elena Kats-Chernin, already on its way.
Libby is a keen educator who has lectured part-time at Sydney University and is devoted to being an ambassador for poetry anywhere and everywhere. In 2012 she was a National Ambassador for Reading and travelled to many country towns to talk about Australian literature. Libby acts as a judge for various literary prizes, including the NSW Premier's Literary Awards.
For more information, free writing tips and teaching resources, go to www.libbyhathorn.com