The Scent of Apples by Jacquie McRae
The Scent of Apples by Jacquie McRae. Pub. Huia, 2011.
Libby is going on 13 years old and she is very close to her grandfather who she calls Poppa. She lives on an orchard that grows apples to be made into cider. Libby loves the land, she loves plants, she is tomboyish in character and this all rankles with her snobbish and uptight mother.
When Poppa dies suddenly and her Nan has a stroke and is taken into a retirement home, Libby grieves. Home life is not good as her father and mother drift apart and Libby starts to pull her hair out leaving bald patches on her scalp.
Then her mother checks her into a boarding school where she meets a Maori girl called Charlie which turns out to be the start of Libby’s recovery from all her grief.
There is more to this book than that though including family secrets, Maori Medicice and the meaning of friendship.
Mainly for girls aged 10 to 14 years but there is something for everybody in this very perceptive novel.