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7 September 2009 ·

Mrs. F-B’s Book Blog: Peeling the Onion – Wendy Orr

A lovely review of Peeling the Onion – it’s nice to know that the book is still finding new readers!

“HOW did I miss this book that’s been out for ten years? AND how did I stumble across it now? Sometimes I know exactly how or why I’m reading a particular book. I remember that it’s won an award or I remember who told me about it, but then there are other times when I just have no clue. Did it just strike my fancy as I walked past it in the library? Did I see it mentioned on someone’s blog? Did a student tell me about it? I need to start keeping track of that I guess…Or at least paying better attention.

Anyway! This is a really powerful book which explores the feelings of a young woman who’s been badly injured in a car accident. She has, in fact, broken her neck as well as her ankle, and, in many ways, even her spirit. In the morning she is a karate champion, by evening she is in the hospital trauma unit, no one knowing what her future holds. In fact, the accident has drastically altered both her present and her future.

To read the rest of the review and see an interesting librarian’s blog:

Mrs. F-B's Book Blog: Peeling the Onion – Wendy Orr


  1. Wendy Thank you! I shall return to work invigorated.
    October 25, 2009 at 8:22 pm · Reply
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Wendy Orr is a Canadian-born Australian writer. Her books for children and adults have been published in 27 countries and won awards around the world. Nim’s Island and Nim at Sea have also become feature films, starring Jodie Foster and Abigail Breslin (Nim’s Island) and Bindi Irwin (Return to Nim’s Island.) Her latest book is Cuckoo’s Flight, a companion to the highly acclaimed Bronze Age novels Dragonfly Song and Swallow’s Dance. Read full bio