Hugging the Rock by Susan Taylor Brown


Hugging the Rock by Susan Taylor Brown

When Rachel's mum runs away from home, Rachel retreats into herself - away from her father who has always kept his distance, away from school, and away from her best friend. Rachel's mum used to say that her dad was a rock, the kind you can always count on. But Rachel doesn't even know if he loves her. And she doesn't know the secrets he's kept since before she was born. This bittersweet story of loss and revelation explores the complex issue of bi-polar disorder and reveals the powerful bond between a father and a daughter.


Gripping. You are drawn into the point of view of the narrator as she struggles to come to terms with the way her mother abandons her. Four stars - What's the point of a verse novel? Wouldn't it add more if it was just a bit longer and more developed? Well like all good poems, there are no words wasted here; it's a quick read with a lot of punch, easily finished in a stragit reading. It may well speak to reluctant readers in the 10-13 age group who still want a good, realistic story told with simplicity and style.My young audience were as entranced as those of the nineties used to be. Books for Keeps The novel is narrated in free verse in a style which recalls Sharon Creech and although the form is unusual in children's fiction, readers will quickly accommodate to its demands. Girls of 11 upwards will enjoy this poignant but ultimately positive story. School Librarian

About the Author

I never knew my father, says Susan Taylor Brown. If I never told you anything else about me, that would say a lot about why I wrote Hugging the Rock. Because I didn't know him, didn't know anyone from his family, I invented elaborate stories in which I was suddenly 'found' and reunited with a father who loved me, who wanted me, who needed me to make his life complete. Of course, that never happened. In writing Hugging the Rock I gave myself the father I've never known. Susan lives in San Jose, California with her husband, her dog, and over 5000 books. To visit Susan Taylor Brown's website click here

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176 pages
Interest Age: From 10


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Publication date

17th April 2008



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