Freya has come to visit her grandparents who live on a remote island. Last year she visited them with her brother - but last year her brother died alone in a boating accident. Whilst back on the island, Freya finds a way, with the calming presence of her grandparents and the gentle care and attention of the people around her, to adjust to the fact that her brother has gone, and that life - and love - are still vibrantly in the air. A perfect coming of age for any young girl just tipping into teenhood.
A beautifully written, coming-of-age summery novel that will take this established author to a new level
Excellent story ... from an author who, notably, has written unpatronisingly and sensitively about teenager's feelings The Bookseller Tremendously moving ... there's a real romantic animism about the book that will appeal greatly to teenage girls ... both thought-provoking and reassuring, and it comes very much recommended by me thebookbag.co.uk Elegiacally, and with great pathos and skill, Green charts a girl's passage from innocence to experience, from grief to acceptance Financial Times The strong sense of place and season, together with Freya's own burgeoning sense of self, gives the book its unique flavour ... Never has that sun-soaked, salt-crusted sense of teenage summer well-being been better described Mary Hoffman, Guardian
Julia Green is the main tutor the MA in Creative Writing for Young People at Bath Spa, and has had three novels published by Puffin. This is her first for Bloomsbury. Julia lives in Bath.