Before I die by Jenny Downham.
Great book! Kept on wishing there was a cure for Tessa’s cancer! The novel outlines Tessa’s relationships and trials as she lives through her last years with leukaemia. Her Dad and brother, her best girlfriend, and the new boyfriend all help her achieve the “things” she wants to do before she dies. She is 16, and has a list. Some of these things are sad, some are funny, and all the while her wonderful character makes you laugh, cry and agonise with her. Tissues came in handy while reading this.
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Ned is autistic and knows everything about Australian bushrangers, especially Ned Kelly. Ned never speaks.
Erin is a sixteen-year-old trouble-magnet trying to make a fresh start in a new town.
Ned and Erin become friends.
Erin stands up to a bully with consequences that are catastrophic.
I enjoyed reading this book
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