I bought this book to give to my son and daughter-in-law who have a Bull Arab Cross. They bought Angus as a family pet.
I’ve read parts of the book and was impressed by the checklists and suggestions for prospective dog owners to ensure they choose the right dog for them. This covers what type of family home the dog owners have, unit, house etc. The descriptions of dog types and their needs, such as lap dog, hound or energetic hunting dog etc., so that a dog owner can decide on the right dog for their home. She goes on with training tips that are practical and easy to follow. The book is well written and clearly draws on her years of work in this field.
When Louise came to a Gold Coast Writers meeting to speak she had her audience spellbound even though she didn’t have a dog at her side, she conveyed her passion for training dogs and dog owners.
I think anyone with a dog or planning on getting a dog would benefit from her words of wisdom. https://www.nosetotailbook.com
Lucy is in love with Shadow. She doesn’t know who he is because she’s never met him. But she’s convinced he’s her soul mate. She loves his graffiti and the way he paints. His art is all about town. Lucy is creative and desperate to meet Shadow. It’s the end of the year twelve. She blows glass as often as she can. Her boss tells Lucy he’s seen Shadow working.
Ed started painting right after he broke up with a girl. At the end of the school year party, he was with his friends. They were planning a big night.
Poet is Leopold Green and Ed’s best friend. He writes poetry to go with Shadow’s art.
The party gets a bit crazy with the girls, Lucy, Daisy and Jazz going to the toilet to talk. When they announce they want to go into the night and search for Shadow and the Poet. Ed drags Dylan and Leo into the toilet to have an in-depth talk too. ‘I’m not going into the night to search for ourselves!’
I love how Cath Crowley introduces imperfect characters in perfect ways. Their faults and frailties making them who they are, the guys may appear though, their exterior may be rough and ready, burly and bullish, but underneath they are poets and artists, while the girls, maybe highly strung and intense, over the top and dizzy, but underneath creative and caring giving depth to all the characters.
The reader is drawn into the world of graffiti artists, out of control parties to celebrate the end of school, going to a dark night in the park being attacked by some very bad people. Cath makes real the young people who are celebrating finishing year 12 complicated. Growing up is never easy.
This is a great YA book.
Book Review by Jill Smith©Aug18
Title: Friday Barnes Girl Detective
Author: R A Spratt
Publisher: Random House Australia
Friday Barnes is the youngest of five children. She’s not a happy child and she tries very hard not to be noticed by anyone. Her parents are very systematic and an unexpected child nine years after their youngest of four planned children was entering high school, was not in on their agenda. However, they discovered they could just manage to fit in a birth, after a PowerPoint presentation her mother gave when her waters broke. Then her parents and family continued to live their lives as though Friday did not exist.
By the time Friday was eleven she was so good at being unnoticed by everyone that she discovered she had a problem. She was going to have to go to high school. Friday was cleaver and well read. She loved to read everything, particularly detective stories. Her Uncle Bernie was the only relative she knew who she could ask for advice. He was an ex-policeman who babysat her once a week and turned on the reality TV for her to watch when he was there. He was an insurance investigator and he had a problem with a case he couldn’t solve. Friday had tried various ways to get out of going to high school so when her uncle shared his problem she offered to solve it to gain the $50,000 reward.
Now you would think being awarded $50,000 for solving a baffling crime would be a blessing for Friday. She decided to spend the money enrolling in the most expensive boarding school in the whole country. Her motives were practical. The school was based on profit-making and she would be able to bribe the PE teachers so she would never be forced to run a cross-country again.
As you can tell Friday was socially inept because she’d kept herself so distant from everyone to remain unnoticed. This created a new problem for Friday. She’d never been nervous about starting school before, and she’d never had to conform to wearing a uniform. Her brown cardigan was usually a way of ensuring she was ignored. At this school, she realised it made her stand out.
I won’t go on with the rest of the plot except to say that it’s full of hilarious situations. I chortled through the whole book. I was thoroughly impressed by R A Spratt when I saw her deliver a constant stream of engaging chatter to a group of students at Somerset Literary Festival. Rachel Spratt is bold, loud and over the top. This is the start of a series by this comedy writer. I could hear the author’s voice in every sentence and will happily recommend this book to any adventurous young adult.