(See A little wanting song for US edition)
‘Open your eyes, Charlotte love,’ Mum whispers as we hit the freeway, ‘or you’ll miss out on the day.’ Not a lot to miss out on, really. My days have been sort of shaky, lately, like a voice running out of breath. Like a hand playing the blues. That sort of shaky gets into your heart and hangs around.
Charlie Duskin is running. Fleeing from failures and memories of friends who have given up on her. And she’s not only running, she’s chasing things – like a father who will talk to her, friends who don’t think she’s invisible.
But Charlie Duskin is about to have the best summer of her life. She’s about to meet a friend who’ll change her forever. She’s about to fall in love. She just doesn’t know it yet.
- Shortlisted, 2006 Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Award (Older Readers)
“The beauty of this book is both its fabulous imagery and the way emotions and action are translated into Charlie’s language of chords and keys” The Courier Mail
“Chasing Charlie Duskin is the kind of book that makes you want to cheer at the end. It is a triumphant and liberating story of a girl who finally starts to really live, and to really love who she is” Jane Crew, Librarian, St. Paul’s Grammar School, Penrith
“Chasing Charlie Duskin will appeal to both boys and girls and would work well as a class text at Year 9-10 level; exploring themes such as death, tolerance, acceptance and individuality. The writing is peppered with analogies from music, cooking, mechanics and science making it suitable for integrated units of study” Megan Davies, Monterey Secondary College (VIC)
Published by Macmillan Publishers Australia