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The scent of apples

by Jacquie Mcrae

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Libby was very close to her grandfather and when he dies she struggles to come to terms with her loss. Her parents have problems of their own and seem unable to help but Libby finds that pain does and she starts to pull out her hair. She is sent to boarding school where she meets a Maori girl, Charlie, who is full of life and laughter.
This is a great story with a hopeful ending. There is not a lot of action but lots of well-drawn, sympathetic characters (with the exception of Libby’s mother who seems to be unrealistically unfeeling towards Libby) and a realistic depiction of self-harm. Would suit thoughtful teen readers, especially girls. ( )
  RefPenny | Mar 27, 2012 |
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"Libby has a idyllic life on an apple orchard and is close to her grandfather, a cider maker. When he dies in a freak accident, Libby is devastated. She finds it difficult to talk to her parents about her feelings as her mother seems cold and her father says little. Grieving, angry, and feeling distant from her parents who are struggling with their own relationship, she begins compulsively pulling her hair out. To get away from the unhappiness, Libby unwillingly goes to boarding school. There, she befriends Charlie, and goes to stay with her family, which is warm, friendly and fun. While there, Libby enjoys being part of all the outdoor adventures and gains new perspectives on herself and her parents."--Publisher description.
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"Libby has a idyllic life on an apple orchard and is close to her grandfather, a cider maker. When he dies in a freak accident, Libby is devastated. She finds it difficult to talk to her parents about her feelings as her mother seems cold and her father says little. Grieving, angry, and feeling distant from her parents who are struggling with their own relationship, she begins compulsively pulling her hair out. To get away from the unhappiness, Libby unwillingly goes to boarding school. There, she befriends Charlie, and goes to stay with her family, which is warm, friendly and fun. While there, Libby enjoys being part of all the outdoor adventures and gains new perspectives on herself and her parents"--Supplied by publisher. Suggested level: intermediate, junior secondary.… (more)

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