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Out Walked Mel

3.0 of 5 stars 3.00  ·  rating details  ·  23 ratings  ·  4 reviews
A gripping book for teenage readers by award-winning writer - fast-paced, punchy and much loved

Mel is short, stroppy and never knows when to keep her mouth shut. When she interferes with her best friend Wai's interaction with none other than the Minister of Education, and the interference isn't appreciated, Mel storms out. Out of school and out of home - and heads north. A
Published (first published January 1st 1991)
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Warning: Rant ahead.
(Spoilers too, but you don't care about those.)

This was yet another book I was required to read for school and yet another one that I hated. With a passion.
Out Walked Mel is the strange, pointless tale of a girl who swears at the minister of education, runs away to stay with her boyfriend, doesn't want to sleep with him, then does, then doesn't, then goes on a tour bus, see's a flower and finds out her best friend died. Woo. There's also some inner turmoil or something in the
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A strange little piece of Young Adult fiction which nevertheless deals with big themes such as discovering one's own sexuality. Set in a picareque form, it is the story of the travels of a teenage girl over much of the length of New Zealand (Dunedin to Cape Reinga and back.)
Although the allusions to and quotations from Mary Renault's The Last of the Wine, would alert the adult reader, many young adult readers seem to miss what it is that Mel comes to understand about herself. The troubled rebell
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