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Transformation of Minna Hargreaves

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Transformation of Minna Hargreaves

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The Transformation of Minna Hargreaves by Fleur Beale
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When your father moves you to live on an island, can you put your broken-apart family back together again? Can you find a new you? A powerful YA novel by an award-winning author. Minna is a typical fourteen-year-old. She's got lots of friends, and her boyfriend is the school hunk. She's being encouraged to 'take the relationship to the next stage' by her friend Lizzie. Home is pretty much a non-event. Her mother seems distracted, her father breezes in and out but isn't really present, her brother is a stoner. Her life is turned upside down when Dad announces that he wants them to live on an off-shore island for a year and work to make it into a conservation island. Minna is horrified at the idea, as is her mother. All the more so when they discover that the whole venture is to be made into a reality TV series. To her utter dismay, Minna finds herself on an island, with only her family for company. There's no phone or email contact with the outside world. The helicopter ride to the island has made Mum sick and she doesn't seem to be recovering. Minna has to cope with new family dynamics, come to terms with the fact that her parents' marriage is doomed, and has to learn domestic arts that don't rate very highly on her excitement meter. By the end, although Minna no longer has two parents who are married, she has found her father, is able to appreciate her mother's strength, and is strong enough now to chart her own course.

Accolades

Winner of Storylines Notable New Zealand Books: Young Adult Fiction 2008.
Shortlisted for New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards: Senior Fiction 2008.

Author Biography

Fleur Beale is the author of many award-winning books for children and young adults - she has now had more than 40 books published in New Zealand, as well as being published in the United States and England. Beale is the only writer to have twice won the Storylines Gaelyn Gordon Award for a Much-Loved Book:with Slide the Corner in 2007, and I Am Not Esther in 2009. She won the Esther Glen Award for distinguished contribution to children's literature for Juno of Taris in the 2009 LIANZA Children's Book Awards. Fierce September won the YA category in the 2011 NZ Post Children's Book Awards and the LIANZA Young Adult Award in 2011. In 2012 she won the Margaret Mahy Medal for her outstanding contribution to children's writing and in 2015 she was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit. In 1999, Beale was Dunedin College of Education's Writer in Residence. A former high-school teacher, Beale lives in Wellington. One of Beale's most well-known books is I Am Not Esther, the story of a girl who is sent to live with relatives who are members of a strict religious cult. It's a gripping psychological thriller that won an Honour Award in the 1990 New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards and features in the latest volume of 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up, produced by UK publisher Quintessence. It was reissued in 2012 and has been in print since first published. Magpies identified it as a novel that 'will have relevance wherever there are attempts to control the minds and emotions of children'. The bulk of Beale's writing is set in the contemporary world. Topics range from boys who fix up an old car to bash around a paddock with, a girl who must take over her father's business until he's well enough to take back the reins, to a story about a 15-year-old boy who is a top kart racer. The New Zealand Listener has called Beale 'one of the most consistently accomplished and versatile writers for teenagers in the country'. A 'strong storyteller' (Trevor Agnew, The Press) who is 'consistently engaging' (Frances Grant, Weekend Herald), Beale is a popular participant in the Writers in School programme, testifying that she is 'in touch with the modern young market' (Northern Advocate). Her entry in The Oxford Companion to New Zealand Literature noted that her characters are 'intensely aware of their difficulties, social troubles and shortcomings', and in so doing she exhibits 'her understanding of teenagers, male and female, and ability to motivate even reluctant readers'. Acclaimed as 'a riveting futuristic story', in the National Library's Services to Schools review,Juno of Tarris was likened to Bernard Beckett's Genesis and the 'classic' The Giver by Lois Lowry. The reviewer concluded: 'it is a brilliant story that completely enthralled me'. The sequel, Fierce September, was named one of The New Zealand Listener's '50 Best Children's Books of 2010', and North and South praised its narrative for its 'compelling authenticity', while the Otago Daily Times wrote: 'The writing is tight; the characterisation credible, and the narrative exciting.' The book's innovative technique of opening each chapter with a blog commentary on events was widely acclaimed, the reviewer in Magpies commenting that the 'cross-media technique of combining online blogs with traditional text ... brings the book vividly into our world'. Reviewing The Heart of Danger, the concluding volume in the Juno trilogy, in New Zealand Books, Angelina Sbroma identified Juno as a 'protagonist of wish-fulfilment fantasy in the grand tradition', but for all that is still a 'rounded character'. The book left Bob Docherty requesting a fourth volume.
Release date NZ
March 2nd, 2007
Author
Country of Publication
New Zealand
Imprint
Random House New Zealand Ltd
Interest Age
14+
Pages
286
Dimensions
133x200x23
ISBN-13
9781869418366
Product ID
1643222

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