Wipe Out by Mimi Thebo
  

Wipe Out

Written by Mimi Thebo
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Synopsis

Wipe Out by Mimi Thebo

A first children's title from a prize-winning poet and author of adult books. A novel exploring a young boy's grief, set against a colourful background of surfing. Eleven-year-old Billy's mother has just died. Billy's father isn't coping too well so Billy goes to stay with his dull Auntie Mary. The death of his mother has taken all the colour away from Billy's world. He sees his Auntie Mary as a grey person, whose dull blue house is shrouded in fog. Billy feels foggy and dull, too, and longs for the colour to return to his life. His mother was a well-known surfer - Kitten Brown - and the author has woven into this novel the buzzing vibes of the surfing world. Waves, movement, colour, VW combis, Cornwall, surfing songs - described through Billy's dreams as he sleeps away his grief. For though Billy's mother is dead, her joyful personality pervades the whole story as Billy, Auntie Mary and Billy's dad all attempt to deal with their grief. The author confronts the themes of loss and change in a most vibrant and original way. Her writing is sensual - colour, taste, smell, touch and sound all leap from the page. She shows how different people handle loss and change differently, and how they learn to relate to each other in new ways. The author's writing style is simple, sparse yet poetic, reminiscent of David Almond and Berlie Doherty.

About the Author

Mimi Thebo is an American of Cajun descent, now living and working in England. A lecturer at Bath Spa University, Mimi is also an author of adult books being published by Allison and Busby. Mimi and her husband have just had their first child, Libby Jo, born on March 29th 2002. They all live aboard the Crinkly Starfish, a narrow boat on the River Avon.

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Book Info

Format

Paperback
144 pages
Interest Age: From 9 To 12

Author

Mimi Thebo
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Publisher

HarperCollins Children's Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
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Publication date

7th July 2003

ISBN

9780007142774


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