for One Whole and Perfect Day by Judith Clarke
Lily is responsible. Not just for herself. The entire world seems to depend on her to keep spinning. Nan, her grandmother, talks to an imaginary friend; her pops is an axe-wielding racist; her mother brings home “lame ducks” (8) from the adult day care center where she works; and her brother is hope less. The worst part is that Nan is planning a birthday party for pops, and it seems as if everything is crumbling. Judith Clarke has created one whole and perfect plot for teens who dream of love and perfect families. 2008 USBBY Outstanding International Books List, Winner of the Queensland Premier’s Liter ary Awards Young Adult Book Award 2007, shortlisted for the Children’s Peace Literature Award 2007, longlisted in the Australian Family Therapists’ Award for Children’s Literature 2007 and the 2008 Michael L. Printz Honor Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature. lmp
Originally published by Allen & Unwin Australia, in 2006.
Fall in love? Ridiculous! But when she saw Daniel Steadman and their eyes caught, only for a second, the tiny encounter gave Lily a strange light woozy feeling inside her head. It made her brain feel funny, like a tablet fizzing, dissolving away inside a water glass
'It's a rare enough thing to find even one truly distinct and fascinating character in a novel, but Judith Clarke has with secret ease created a dozen such in this book, from teenagers to grandparents, magically linked by a dozen different dilemmas, all leading beautifully from one to another and fitting together so endearingly.' - Ursula Dubosarsky