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7 February 2011 ·

Sunday Age review: A Wonderful Read

I love the weekend morning  feeling of sitting in the midst of the paper, coffee in hand, pondering whether I should read news or arts first… but it reaches another level of happiness on finding a review of my brand new book. And though I’ve heard of people who say they don’t care about reviews… well, I won’t say I don’t believe them – but personally, I’m happy to admit to being very happy about glowing ones.
So here is part of what Michelle Hamer says in the “Under Age” section of Sunday Age’s M magazine:

“Orr … jumps right into the action, demonstrating her strong story writing skills and confident economy with words. …

Raven, an encouragingly strong and resilient female protagonist, sporadically shares her long, difficult journey with a family of bears and a sleek black raven, and imagines her friends, her mum and her absent father encouraging her through the darkness and pain. Orr has interwoven a gentle sub-plot to the race-for-help scenario, with vignettes of memories and Raven’s internal monologue which show the young girl grappling with some big real-life issues. A wonderful read.”

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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