Title: The Moonlight Dreamers
Author: Siobhan Curham
Interest Level: Year 7+
It’s hard being yourself in a world full of people telling you what to do, how to look and who you should be. Amber is tired of being a victim to the bullies at school, just because she has two dads and likes vintage things. Rose’s famous mother is driving her crazy – the paparazzi are following them everywhere, she’s got a new yoga-loving boyfriend, and worst of all, he and his hippy daughter are moving in! Maali is used to being invisible, it’s the safest way to get through school and avoid bullies, but when she meets Ash, Maali does want to be noticed! Sky has always wanted to compete in a Poetry Slam but since her mum died and her dad seems to be moving on, she doesn’t have the confidence or support to take to the stage.
These are four very different girls; all struggling to achieve their dreams. By chance (and with a little inspiration from Oscar Wilde), they find each other and slowly gain the courage to be themselves. A heart-warming read, this story explores the lives and dreams of four girls from very different backgrounds, beliefs and families. It reminds us that we can achieve anything with the support of our friends. And though we can sometimes lose our way, they are the ones who will help guide us back.
Highly recommended: **** (ofr)