by Christine Bongers
Random House Australia. Junior Fiction, Australia. Paperback, rrp $16.95
When Henry arrives at his new school, he discovers he is the only boy in Year Seven. Could things get any worse?
No it isn’t. But Henry is a survivor who doesn’t give up. He finds new friends in unexpected places and guises.
The narrative is well-paced – humour and heartache, trauma and triumph. The reader immediately empathises with Henry as he struggles to deal with the new obstacles each day brings. Some are only small but matter a lot to a teenage boy. And some are life-changing.
Long before Henry trains for the swimming carnival, the reader is already on his cheer squad. This is truly a heart-warming story abut growing up and getting on with what life throws your way.