AUTHOR = SUE WHITING
GENRE = IDENTITY, GROWING UP, FAMILY, FRIENDSHIP
INTEREST LEVEL = YEARS 8, 9
Cooper Jones is a regular at swim training, so why won’t he swim in the surf at his local beach? Cooper Jones has never met his dad (who left when he was just a baby), so why does he suddenly want to know all about him now? Cooper Jones and his mum have always got along quite well, so why do they always seem to be fighting now?These are some of the dilemmas facing Cooper at the beginning of this entertaining novel. Then their neighbour’s niece comes to stay and Cooper finds that he is not the only with parent woes. But as the two get closer, this brings even further complications to Cooper’s life. Cooper begins to wonder if he is just a coward like his dad – too afraid to swim in the surf, too afraid to ask his mum about his father and too afraid to face the consequences when he kisses the girl next door.
The story is set against the backdrop of a scorching Australian summer with bushfires raging across the state … as the fires burn closer, things really start to heat up for Cooper and the time for action draws closer. Is he up to the challenge?? Both boys and girls should enjoy this story which rattles along at a quick pace and has just the right balance of humour, drama and action.
Highly Recommended (dma) *****