The Piper's Son

Author:   Melina Marchetta
Publisher:   Candlewick Press,U.S.
ISBN:  

9780763660628


Pages:   328
Publication Date:   14 August 2012
Recommended Age:   From 14 years
Format:   Paperback
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Thomas Mackee wants oblivion. Wants to forget parents who leave and friends he used to care about and a string of one-night stands, and favourite uncles being blown to smithereens on their way to work on the other side of the world. But when his flatmates turn him out of the house, Tom moves in with his single, pregnant aunt, Georgie. And starts working at the Union pub with his former friends. And winds up living with his grieving father again. And remembers how he abandoned Tara Finke two years ago, after his uncle's death. And in a year when everything's broken, Tom realises that his family and friends need him to help put the pieces back together as much as he needs them.

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Author:   Melina Marchetta
Publisher:   Candlewick Press,U.S.
Imprint:   Candlewick Press,U.S.
Dimensions:   Width: 16.10cm , Height: 2.30cm , Length: 23.00cm
Weight:   0.408kg
ISBN:  

9780763660628


ISBN 10:   0763660620
Pages:   328
Publication Date:   14 August 2012
Recommended Age:   From 14 years
Audience:   Young adult ,  Teenage / Young adult
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In stock   Availability explained
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Tom s aunt Georgie spoke to me first, and Tom found me through her. At the time, I didn t actually think Tom was a big enough character to carry a story. If it had to be anyone from Saving Francesca, I thought, it would be Will Trombal or Tara. But the line in Francesca, I want to be the first male in the Mackee family to reach 40 and still have a liver stuck with me, and in the end, Tom has been one of the biggest surprises. I m glad I didn t kick him out of my head. - Melina Marchetta Quote


A memorable portrait of first love, surviving grief, and the messy contradictions and fierce bonds that hold friends and family together--Kirkus Reviews (starred review) Powerful and tragic, revealing a wonderful and realistically flawed family working hard to fix its deep damage. Marchetta masterfully demonstrates the depth of emotion--and love--the characters feel, sometimes in small but moving moments--Publisher's Weekly (starred review) Tom's confusion and regret at dealing with a burgeoning adulthood that's a pale, twisted shadow of his hopes are depicted with respect and realism, and the slowly unfolding picture of his past adds understanding without entirely getting him off the hook for his own misdeeds.--Bulletin of the Center of Children's Books Marchetta uses smart dialogue, email messages, and a bit of humor to slowly draw readers into the complicated social dynamics. It's a joy to watch Tom reconnect with his friends, his music, his family, and Tara, the girl whose heart he broke--School Library Journal The family dynamics are realistic, and the sincerity of the ache and joy of the characters as they come together will draw older teens to them rather than just the fictional plot.--Foreword Tom s aunt Georgie spoke to me first, and Tom found me through her. At the time, I didn t actually think Tom was a big enough character to carry a story. If it had to be anyone from Saving Francesca, I thought, it would be Will Trombal or Tara. But the line in Francesca, I want to be the first male in the Mackee family to reach 40 and still have a liver stuck with me, and in the end, Tom has been one of the biggest surprises. I m glad I didn t kick him out of my head. - Melina Marchetta Quote Tom's aunt Georgie spoke to me first, and Tom found me through her. At the time, I didn't actually think Tom was a big enough character to carry a story. If it had to be anyone from Saving Francesca, I thought, it would be Will Trombal or Tara. But the line in Francesca, 'I want to be the first male in the Mackee family to reach 40 and still have a liver' stuck with me, and in the end, Tom has been one of the biggest surprises. I'm glad I didn't kick him out of my head. - Melina Marchetta -- Quote


Tom's aunt Georgie spoke to me first, and Tom found me through her. At the time, I didn't actually think Tom was a big enough character to carry a story. If it had to be anyone from Saving Francesca, I thought, it would be Will Trombal or Tara. But the line in Francesca, 'I want to be the first male in the Mackee family to reach 40 and still have a liver' stuck with me, and in the end, Tom has been one of the biggest surprises. I'm glad I didn't kick him out of my head. <br>- Melina Marchetta -- Quote


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Melina Marchetta is the acclaimed and multi-award-winning author of Finnikin of the Rock, an Aurealis Award winner; Jellicoe Road, a Michael L. Printz Award winner; Saving Francesca; and Looking for Alibrandi. She lives in Australia.

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