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4.63  ·  Rating details ·  8 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Brisbane schoolgirl, Nell McLennan, wants nothing more than to be noticed by her work-obsessed parents. When she is sent to the tiny township of Sippy Creek near Townsville to spend two weeks of the Christmas holidays with her estranged grandfather — so her parents can spend some ‘quality time’ together — her goal seems even further out of reach. A catastrophic last day of ...more
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Published January 26th 2017 by Amazon
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Louise Cusack
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
What a suspenseful, atmospheric read! I was sucked in right from the opening and sat up way too late reading, but I simply had to see whether Nell would escape Refuge. An amazing cast of characters, and a super-satisfying ending. I don't read a lot of Young Adult novels, but this one should be made into a movie, it's that good!
Feb 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Nell is beginning to think that she doesn’t belong anywhere. Her parents have always been distant, but sending her away so that they can have a holiday without her is a new low. Her best friend, Josie, is fighting with her. And the place that she’s been exiled to is Townsville; a tiny town with nothing to do and only a crotchety old man for company. The old man in question – her grandfather – is as prepared as everyone else to let her know how unwelcome she is.

Then, when everything b
Apr 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Opening a normal-looking door into a whole new world is one of my favourite trope because there are just so many possibilities. In this novel, Refuge, our heroine, Nell McLennan, wanted to run away from her problems, her life. I bet each one of us has felt like that at one time or another... escape the daily drudge or any relationship difficulties and see how they cope when we're not around or will they miss us at all?

Nell did not have a particularly close relationship with her parents. In
Joseph Pickett
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I cannot recommend this book highly enough, in the finest traditions of CS Lewis, Lewis Carroll and even JK Rowling, AV Mather spins into life a rich and vivid realm of twisted reality a heartbeat from our own. From the young Aussie Nell, an imminently relatable character for all lost souls, a cast of beautifully polished and fascinating characters drive this adventure through an enchanting landscape unbound by either time or social convention. Not sure which I loved more, the initial unique, mo ...more
Paula Arnold
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic Read

Absolutely loved this book - great Australian setting and characters with a good dose of fun and fantasy thrown in and add some life affirming lessons for good measure.
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I was born an only child in a remote gold mining town in Canada, My family moved to Australia when I was very young and I grew up on stories of eccentric characters in wild places; of exciting rescues, bears that destroyed helicopters and the silence of wolves. My life since has continued to take a few eccentric turns of its own, from studying Visual Arts in Northern NSW, to set painting on a TV s ...more
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