April 11, 2011


Girlwood by Claire Dean

With Spring Comes New Life!

Bree and Polly had always felt at home in the woods playing at their games, Bree as the princess in need of rescuing and Polly as her woodland fairy always the one there for her, that is until Bree decided she was too old to play such childish games, too old to be running about the woods. But when Bree ran away to the woods leaving behind a broken family and a lost little sister, Polly was a little jealous that she had not thought to flee into the woods first.

With her sister missing, her parents separated and her best friend abandoning her when she needs a friend the most, Polly turns to the one person in her life who is always there for her, her grandmother Baba. It was Baba who first taught Polly about the woods and its magic, but it was not until Bree left that Polly discovered the secret hidden away at the heart of the woods, a place of enchantment and hope. Only in Girlwood could Polly hold onto her belief that things would work out. But then the chainsaws moved in...

Girlwood is a story of the woods; a story of family and friendships; a story of two sisters, the one who left to save herself and one who was left behind to save everyone else. Polly's world is full of the impossible, auras, faeries, wolves and an old witch whom she loves very much. But she is struggling to hold on to all the magic of childhood that she so strongly believes in in the face of cold reality that comes with growing up. A blend of fairytale, contemporary fiction, botany and magic, Girlwood has a unique charm that will pull at your heartstrings.
On sale: 20 December 2010
Price (AU): $22.95
ISBN: 9780618883905
Recommended age: 12+
In a word: Girlwood
Re-read it: yes
Recommend: yes
Star rating: four out of five

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