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Samantha Steadman, and her best friends smart-mouthed Jessie Delaney and politician s daughter Nomusa Gule, are back at boarding school, in grade 9, and they are up against a whole new set of challenges.Their creepy new Science teacher the Poison Dwarf - takes delight in tormenting Sam, and she s started counting and checking everything in a way that has her friends worrie ...more
Paperback, 284 pages
Published September 1st 2013 by Protea Book House
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Nerine Dorman
Jul 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Even though this is book two in what appears to be a series dealing with the adventures of friends who attend an exclusive girls’ boarding school up in the Drakensberg, Rock Steady can be read as a standalone adventure. From the get go, I must add that Joanne drew me into the story, told from the point of view of Samantha, who is attending Clifford House Private School for Girls on a scholarship. It goes without saying that she’s under a fair amount of pressure to perform academically, so when t ...more
Jayne Bauling
Jun 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Adventure, some clever online detective work, a couple of burgeoning romances, and school issues, all with a great environmental message, from a star South African YA author.

Samantha and the gang from Turtle Walk are back, a little older, and this time it's our rock art heritage that is under threat.

Highly enjoyable with a good plot and high-tension climax.

More seriously, it offers an accurate picture of anxiety and how it can create its own relentless cycle of failure and fear - the teacher res
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Rose Humphreys
Jan 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Sequel to Turtle Walk, just as enjoyable! I loved the Drakensberg descriptions, having walked just where the girls go, been to the caves so I can picture it all as I read it. The demon teacher gave me the shivers, and the underplayed beginnings of self harm/OCD that Sam displays are well handled, just enough of a message without preaching.
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When not writing, Joanne Macgregor is a counselling psychologist in private practice where she works mainly with victims of crime and trauma.

Although she lives in the frenetic adrenaline-rush of the big city, Joanne has always been in love with nature, and escapes into the wilds whenever she can. She's a Harry Potter fanatic, bakes the best choc-chip cookies on the planet, and is addicted to chil
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