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Thunderwith by Libby Hathorn
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Sep 26, 11

bookshelves: young-adult, australian
Read from September 20 to 26, 2011

Lara Meredith Richie has lost her Mum Cheryl to cancer, and her father Larry who Lara has not seen since she was three, takes her to live with his family. With his wife Gladwyn, daughters Pearl (12), Garnet (6), Opal (5), and son Jasper (20 months). Lara struggles to find acceptance in her new family, being bullied at her new School, while dealing with the death of her mother. But she finds a friend in a dingo dog that hangs around near the Willy Nilly Farm where Lara is living. She believes Thunderwith must have been sent specially for her and keeps her meetings with her magic dog secret. There is some sadness in the story, but it's very much worth reading. Other notable characters in the book are the Aboriginal story teller Neil Symon who inspires Lara with his stories and understanding manner. And the bully Gowd Gadrey who acts as the pleasant and reasonable student in front of teachers and most students, but to Lara he is a cruel bully.
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