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The Transformation of Minna Hargreaves

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  115 ratings  ·  10 reviews
When your father moves you to live on an island, can you put your broken-apart family back together again?

Minna is a typical fourteen-year-old. She's got lots of friends, and her boyfriend is the school hunk. She's being encouraged to 'take the relationship to the next stage' by her friend Lizzie.

Home is pretty much a non-event. Her mother seems distracted, her father bree
Paperback, 286 pages
Published March 2nd 2007 by Random House New Zealand (first published 2007)
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Anoif Sitruc
I got given this book for my birthday, so I didn't really have a choice but to read it.
Usually i wouldn't pick up a book like this, as the main character was so unlike me in every way. I found myself laughing at the things that actually mattered to Minna, and hating her friends. I think my problem with Minna was the fact that she was every schools 'popular girl'. She hated schoolwork, would never dream of doing someone an honest favour out of the good of her heart, and has probably never read a
Cool. Fleur Beale Is my favourite NZ author. This book was cool. I really like a strong character and I would say Minna is very much a strong character. There was a lot of drama going on in the book and a few twists which kept you on your toes just enough to keep you reading. The author kept bringing in more and more drama throughout the story and the character remains true to her form except for the fact that she grows up a bit as a situation is thrown upon her which causes her to rely on her o ...more
Ugh. I absolutely LOVED this book. It was so amazing. Ok. So the beginning was boring as but the second half of the book was FABULOUS. you could see throughout the story how Minna changed, how she learned to cook and garden, talked to the chooks and willingly wore the 'bush clothes'. I just really loved this book. claps for Fluer Beale.
And, I dunno, I would call the ending happy. Would you?
Nov 16, 2014 Jen added it
a very interesting New Zealand story
Picked this up at a book fair. It is the story of Minna, a 14 year old girl about to embark on her first relationship with a boy. Her mum is pregnant after an affair with a toy-boy, her dad is there in body only and her older brother is a stoner. In two words: dysfunctional family. One day her dad announces that they will all be going to a remote island in Cook Strait to do conservation work and film themselves for the next Reality TV series.
Probably more for the teens, it was a tear-jerker and
I had to read this book for an english assignment...i thought it was cool as to begin with, but then it kinda went downhill from there. It was alright i guess :)
The transformation of Minna Hargreaves by Fleur Beale (2007)
Stunning book. I couldn't put it down!
Another awesome one for Fleur Beale.
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Fleur Beale is the author of many award-winning books for children and young adults, best known for her novel I am not Esther which has been published worldwide.

Beale was one of six children of a dairy farmer Cedric Corney and of a teacher and author Estelle Corney (née Cook). She was born in Inglewood, Taranaki, New Zealand, on the farm where her father was born. Beale grew up in the town before
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