Losing William by Jenni Francis
Losing William by Jenni Francis. Pub. http://www.jennifrancis.com 2004.
A short easy to read novel about the effects that parents separating have on the whole family and friends.
Keri is a self assured intermediate school girl who is good at art and netball. She is enthusiastic about life, reads books and has a BFF in Jessica. Jessica moves away to New York, Keri wins a scholarship to a private school and her parents tell her that they can no longer live together.
Can it get any worse? yes it can but you will have to read the book to find out how.
Many families split and the children in particular become more vulnerable. Keri has to cope with jealousy and bullying from her former netball friends, has to learn to accept and cope with dad’s new girlfriend Beth and to understand her younger brothers and mother are hurting too.
It’s not going to go away and it is not going to be easy. Keri has to find a way and move on. See if she does. The ending has a sense of adventure and is exciting.
Well told with the family scenarios inch perfect. Although chiefly aimed at girls of intermediate and junior secondary age there is much in this novel for everyone.