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Par Karen Comer. 2023
This song has a grace note,a tiny note that's there for embellishmentbut can easily be ignored,not played.Tonight, I add it…in -just because.We can all do with an extra noteof grace.Grace Dalfinch is a talented violinist who longs to play contemporary music in bars, but her mum forbids her. James Crux is an aspiring street artist who promised his dad he wouldn't paint in public until he's finished school. When Crux witnesses Grace's impromptu performance on a deserted tram, he's inspired to paint her and her violin; and when Grace stumbles across her portrait in a Melbourne alley by an anonymous street artist, she sets out to find its creator.Grace Notes is a debut YA verse novel, set in one of the most locked-down cities in the world - Melbourne, 2020. For fans of Cath Crowley and Pip Harry.'A classic in the making; Grace Notes is a vital balm of a book, a story to press into everybody's hands.'DANIELLE BINKS'Poetry, music and art, woven together in an uplifting story about endless lockdowns and first love.'NOVA WEETMAN'Comer captures the beats of Melbourne's 2020 and the unique experience of a generation of teens in one of the most locked-down cities in the world.'Books+Publishing'Heart and soul triumph over Covid lockdowns and restrictions . . . Karen has used the verse novel to beguile, dance and demand layers of emotion and depth that only poetry can sustain. A masterful debut!'LORRAINE MARWOOD'Like the grace note of the title, this beautiful story strikes the perfect tone, mixing colour, light and music at a time when we needed it most.'NICOLE HAYES
Par Betty Culley. 2022
A heartbreakingly beautiful novel in verse about adoption, family, friendship, and love in all its many forms, perfect for fans…of Robin Benway and Jandy Nelson, from the acclaimed author of Three Things I Know Are True.Rynn was born with a hole in her heart—literally. Although it was fixed long ago, she still feels an emptiness there when she wonders about her birth family.As her relationship with her adoptive mother fractures, Rynn finally decides she needs to know more about the rest of her family. Her search starts with a name, the only thing she has from her birth mother, and she quickly learns that she has a younger sister living in foster care in a nearby town. But if Rynn reconnects with her biological sister, it may drive her adoptive family apart for good.This powerful story uncovers both beautiful and heartbreaking truths and explores how challenging, yet healing, family can be.