18 August 2009

Little Bird

by Penni Russon

Allen & Unwin. Australian, Young Adult. Paperback rrp $14.99

Ruby-lee is a teenage girl whose life is going out of control and she doesn’t realise it until it is too late. What Ruby-lee needs is someone to be her friend.

Her sister is only interested in her wedding. Her best friend is only interested in her boyfriend. Her mother doesn’t have time and her father has a new wife and baby.

When Ruby-lee offers to baby sit Maisy, the baby of one of her sister’s friends, life gets even more complicated. Maisy’s absent father Spence reappears. He’s everything Ruby-Lee wants and everything she doesn’t need. And if she can work out which way her heart wants to go, will she end up betraying Maisy and Maisy’s mother?

With everything happening around Ruby-lee, it looks like the real problem is that no-one seems to realise that maybe everything is happening TO Ruby-lee and what she needs is friendship, support and trust.

Little Bird is a book that explores teenage female emotions of love and babies, families and weddings, friendships and loyalties. When a little bird grows their wings are they really ready to fly? This is a book that I would recommend to all teenagers to read. Many will recognise a little bit, or maybe a lot, of themselves in Ruby-lee.

Little Bird is book 13 in the Girlfriend Fiction series.


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