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Jaclyn Moriarty

Author of The Year Of Secret Assignments

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About the Author

Jaclyn Moriarty is the prize-winning, best-selling author of novels for young adults and adults including Feeling Sorry for Celia and The Year of Secret Assignments. Jaclyn grew up in Sydney, lived in England, the US, and Canada, and now lives in Sydney again. She was born in 1968 in Perth and show more studied English and Law at the University of Sydney. She then completed a Masters in Law at Yale University and a PhD at Gonville Caius College, Cambridge. She worked asan entertainment an dmedia lawyer before becoming a full-time writer. The Asbury Brookfield Series is four novels that revolve around various student that attend the exclusive private school, Asbury High. Many of the students cross over into more than one novel. The series includes: Feeling Sorry for Celia, Finding Cassie Crazy, The Betrayal of Bindy Mackenzie, and Dreaming of Amelia. Her title The Cracks in the Kingdom won the Aurealis Award in 2014 for Young Adult Novel. It also won the Ethel Turner Prize for Young People¿s Literature. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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The Book That Made Me (2016) — Contributor — 72 copies
Begin, End, Begin: A #LoveOzYA Anthology (2017) — Contributor — 54 copies
Can You Keep a Secret? (2007) — Contributor — 40 copies


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I really enjoyed this series of books. The characters are memorable, sometimes relatable and often hilarious. And I very much enjoy the format that these were all written in. This family definitely has a talent for writing.
jbrownleo | 10 other reviews | Mar 27, 2024 |
Strange story but sweet in the end.

Abigail’s brother goes missing on the eve of her 16th birthday and it haunts the rest of her life. That same day she starts to receive mail with chapters of a self help book called “The Guidebook” and that continues for 20 years and has a profound effect on her life. What happens after those 20 years (plus a few flashbacks) is our story. The explanation of the book is weird but oddly charming.

There are some nice moments here but overall it was as the star ratings say: Just OK

(Chosen from the library because I like the cover.)
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hmonkeyreads | 11 other reviews | Jan 25, 2024 |
I enjoyed the heck out of this book—Moriarty is a refreshingly original voice in YA fantasy literature.

For the first chapter or so, I was concerned about the level of whimsy, but light, quirky tone is balanced by a world that is grounded and complex. The story itself is quiet, yet exciting and well-told.

Recommended for Pratchett fans, aficionados of Pushing Daisies, and anyone who enjoys non-traditional fantasy fiction.
raschneid | 44 other reviews | Dec 19, 2023 |
Esta es una historia de ausencias. Madeleine y su madre han huido, en misteriosas circunstancias, de la vida que llevaban. Viven en un rincón lluvioso de Cambridge, Inglaterra. Mientras tanto, en el Reino de Chelo, Elliot busca a su padre, que desapareció un año atrás, la misma noche en que el tío de Elliot fue hallado muerto a la vera del camino. La versión oficial dice que un ataque Púrpura de nivel 3 es el responsable de esa muerte, pero los rumores en el pueblo aseguran que su padre podría haber asesinado a su propio hermano, para luego fugarse con una profesora de la escuela. Elliot se niega a creer esa historia y está decidido a descubrir la verdad. Cuando Madeleine y Elliot comienzan a intercambiarse cartas de un mundo al otro (a través de una grieta que no se había abierto en siglos), todo lo que sucede en las vidas de ambos comienza a interrelacionarse. ¿Puede una grieta blanca contener un reino entero? ¿Puede un desconocido proveniente de otro mundo ayudarte a resolver los problemas (y descubrir los misterios) de tu propio mundo? ¿Y podrán Madeleine y Elliot encontrar las piezas faltantes de sí mismos antes de que sea demasiado tarde? Primer volumen de una nueva saga, sumamente original por su temática y sus personajes. Un estilo de escritura novedoso, dinámico y de alto nivel literario.… (more)
AmicanaLibrary | 44 other reviews | May 2, 2023 |



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