A tween tale for a kid who’s dif­fer­ent

CHB Mail - - News - Linda Hall

Be­tween

By Adele Broad­bent, OneTree House, $20

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Olly loves hang­ing out with his mates, play­ing soc­cer and is fas­ci­nated by ghosts and weird things that hap­pen.

How­ever, he tends to keep the lat­ter to him­self be­cause his mates think ghosts are some­thing only lit­tle kids be­lieve in.

Olly, 12, lives with his mum (his dad died be­fore he was born) but some­times it feels as if his aunty is run­ning his life.

She’s al­ways snitch­ing on him es­pe­cially when it comes to “mad Martha” who for some rea­son he’s not al­lowed to have any­thing to do with.

Olly also must deal with Re­gan, the cap­tain of his soc­cer team and his arch ri­val. Re­gan can be re­ally mean.

Napier au­thor Adele Broad­bent builds the ten­sion and sus­pense ex­pertly. Why won’t Olly’s mum talk about his dad, why does aunty Claire have so much say in what goes on, why isn’t Olly al­lowed to talk to Martha and why is Re­gan so mean?

I loved this story. Olly and his mates Egg and Loon are fan­tas­tic char­ac­ters.

Broad­bent is an award­win­ning au­thor of ju­nior and young adult fic­tion. Be­tween is her fifth novel for chil­dren and she has also had sev­eral ed­u­ca­tional ti­tles with Wendy Pye Pub­lish­ers and Learn­ing Me­dia. —

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