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The Scent of Apples (e-book)

By Jacquie McRae

The Scent of Apples (e-book)

Libby has an idyllic life on an 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.

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Libby has an idyllic life on an 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. This young adult novel is a story of strong friendships and growing understanding that combine to overcome difficulties.

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Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781869693312
  • Pages: 200
  • Format: ePub / Kindle
  • Language: English
  • Publication Date: 01 Nov 2011

Product Review

"An exquisitely told first novel from this New Zealand author...McRae has a talent for getting inside the mind of a young girl - and her writing has all the bitter-sweetness of those cider apples."New Zealand Herald, Canvas magazine
"McRae has managed to create a real teenage character with hopes, dreams, desires and thoughts that steer her stumbling along the rocky, doubting, emotional, searching journey through a life fraught with crushed dreams and a need to belong in the minds of those in her own age group."Sam Tipene Te Wharangi - Rotorua Review

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About the Author

Jacquie McRae

Jacquie McRae (Tainui) has a Master of Creative Writing with Honours and received a Michael King Māori Writers residency in 2018. She had previously completed Te Papa Tupu mentoring programme where she worked on her first novel, a young adult fiction, The Scent of Apples, which received a Gold in the IPPY Awards 2012 and was selected for the White ... Read More