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3.58  ·  Rating details ·  19 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Bring problems to us before they're too big to handle, the Princpal advises Zo when she arrives at her new city school. But good advice isn't much help to Zo. Her Mum's still a workaholic, and her best friend is still a thousand miles away, back home. Zo soon teams up with Missy. She's cheeky, smart, a mean soccer player and believes in magic. She comes from a tough family ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published November 1st 2002 by IAD Press
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Maree Kimberley
Loved this book! Melissa Lucashenko's Too Flash is a stand out not only because of the fresh, original and feisty voices of its characters, particularly the main character Zo, but because it tackles some of the important questions around what it means to grow up as a young Aboriginal person in an Australian city.

Fifteen year old Zo is not happy when she has to move to Brisbane because of her Mum's new job. But at her new school she's soon befriended by Missy and her family. Before long, however
Jan 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
I don't read much YA these days (I consumed masses of it when I was part of the target audience) but there is something about well-written YA that leaves me feeling very satisfied. This book falls well into that category.

The characters were believable and recognisable, albeit different from me, and in very different situations. As is pretty typical in YA, the main character, Zo, doesn't quite feel like she belongs anywhere - she's Aboriginal, with roots in Blacktown and Cape York, but that's not
A solid 4 to 4.5. This is a quick read, but a rather terrific find - an unpretentious Australian contemporary YA featuring urban Aboriginal characters and language, _and_ no romance. The book takes a pretty unflinching look at prejudice, poverty cycles, and crime, without being so in-your-face that it's unsuitable for young readers. Definitely recommended!

(Content note for a fair bit of fat talk. It's character self-talk that comes across as authentic, but could be ED trigger for some.)
Amra Pajalic
Missy and Zo are two friends who are world's apart, but it is their spirituality and connection to the land that draws them together. Lucashenko explores the different aspects of Indigenous identity through the characters of Zo and Missy. This novel deals with body image, friendship, stereotypes, racism. It is a beautiful story with lots of heart about the way that our family and opportunities shape our lives and the people we become. I loved it.
Fatema Johera Ahmed
May 13, 2016 rated it liked it
The novel breaks stereotypes of the Flash Black, the authentic 'full blood', the city mob - and other quantifiers of blood that still prevail in contemporary Australia, and in a way prioritises the Law over white ways of seeing and engaging with Australia.
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Shelves: aus, diverse, ya
An amazing contemporary Australian YA book with authentic characters that tell multiple stories about class, race, history, and identity.
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Melissa Lucashenko is an Australian writer of European and Goorie heritage. She received an honours degree in public policy from Griffith University in 1990. In 1997, she published her first novel Steam Pigs. It won the Dobbie Literary Award for Australian women’s fiction and was shortlisted for both the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Award and the regional Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. Steam P ...more

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