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Title: Allegra in Three Parts
Authors: Daniel, Suzanne
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 294
Year: 2019
Language: English
Description: Eleven-year-old Allegra has her work cut out for her keeping the adults in her life happy. There are her two grandmothers; flamboyant and free-spirited Joy and the stern and practical Matilde. And then there's Rick, her surfer dad. For as much as they all love Allegra, they can't abide each other, and she is forced to navigate the tricky dynamics stemming from a family history she is yet to discover.

Set in a 1970s Australia that thoughtfully reflects the feminism of the era, this is an engaging coming-of-age story narrated by the endearing Allegra.

Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"Very amusing despite the sadness underlying the story."

"I enjoyed it very much - it made me think of how we have different faces that we present to different people."

"Very good character portrayal, although perhaps Joy was a bit over-the-top."

"An excellent account of a troubled child in a troubled family."

"An easy to read book, and it's not 'fluffy' at all. I appreciated its originality."

"I thought all the characters were very interesting and the male character was presented as sympathetically as all the females."

"The presentation of the social issues, inevitably puzzling to a child, was an integral part of the story and it was done well."

"The mystery of what had led to the difficult relationships was sustained well throughout the story."
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary, Feminism, Grief/loss, Humour, Relationships, Uplifting, Australia, 2021 Titles

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