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by Jackie Ballantyne

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New zealand setting-book about young girl solly who finds out some secrets about her family as she becomes obsessed with some paupers graves.Written mainly through her eyes in 1961 she is a loner in a family of twins and she promises to people the graves giving them characters names and causes of death.Unwittingly she finds out about the past of her father and his twin sister Lally who is gay and the terrible tradgedy around lallys ex lover and the causes of her suicide.captures voice and perspective of young girl well --its funny in a black way while also tragic--very easy to read ( )
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The year 1961 is a pivotal one for nine-year-old Solly McKeen. She is a loner in a family of doubles: a 'single' with no twin of her own, and seen as a bit of an oddity by everyone in her dairy-farming community in South Otago. On learning about the unnamed paupers' graves in the local cemetery, she promises to people them: imagining characters, names and causes of death for each. While Solly unravels death and fills in the blanks on the gravestones, she unwittingly uncovers family secrets.… (more)

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