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Iris’s Ukulele by Kathy Taylor

March 21, 2012

Iris’s Ukulele by Kathy Taylor. Pub. Scholastic, 2012. 

This is a wholesome New Zealand story for primary and intermediate age students.

The themes and moods of the novel are of family and school, and while everything does not go swimmingly for Iris and Sidney, the two main characters, there is a positive feel about the novel.

Iris is pre-teen, lives with her working mother, has close relationships with her Gran, has a best friend called Sidney and plays the ukulele. With Sidney she is writing a rap song about werewolves and vampires which she hopes to use in a talent contest at the local mall.

Sidney and Iris have artistic differences and there is a parting of the ways but circumstances at school and a shift  in attitude change the expected outcome.

Not just a girls story there is All Black talk and a dramatic rush of events at the end of the story.

A first novel for Kathy Taylor and the winner of the Tom Fitzgibbon Award for the best unpublished children’s writer.

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