The Ballad of Cauldron Bay

The Ballad of Cauldron Bay

by Elizabeth Honey
     
 


In this heartwarming tale of growing up, a crew of neighborhood pals—Henni, Danielle, Zev, Frank, and Briquette, who call themselves "the Stella Street Mob"—head off to Cauldron Bay for a vacation in an old beach house. When a new girl, Tara, intrudes on the trip, reveling in boys and trendy fashions, the friendships begin to unravel with new social… See more details below

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In this heartwarming tale of growing up, a crew of neighborhood pals—Henni, Danielle, Zev, Frank, and Briquette, who call themselves "the Stella Street Mob"—head off to Cauldron Bay for a vacation in an old beach house. When a new girl, Tara, intrudes on the trip, reveling in boys and trendy fashions, the friendships begin to unravel with new social challenges and pressures. This fun and moving story touches on the struggles of being a teenager and the excitement of new adventures and relationships still left to discover.

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"A must-have for every collection. Honey’s snappy dialogue and off-beat humor are a refreshing surprise."  —Kliatt
KLIATT
In this whimsical tale, 13-year-old Australian Henni Octon, along with an amusing bunch of friends and family, heads to a remote cottage in Cauldron Bay for a little getaway. Henni fancies herself a writer and recounts the story of their holiday on Byron, her "new" old computer. Things go swimmingly for the crew at first. They spend their days sleeping late, playing in the ocean, and verbally sparring. Then Tara, a friend of a friend, shows up. The same age as Henni, though you'd never know it to look at her, Tara is everything the usually easygoing Henni can't stand. Tara is obsessed with boys, make-up, and fashion magazines. Worst of all, she seems unable to hold her own in conversation. Henni tries to tolerate Tara, but just can't get over how two-faced she seems. It's only after the girls get marooned together on an island and Tara saves Henni's life that they can really look beyond their differences and be friends. Henni's quick wit and unique voice make this book stand out as a must-have for every collection. Honey's snappy dialog and offbeat humor are a refreshing surprise, and the charming pencil sketches interspersed throughout the text add to the delight. The wide range of characters' ages and multi-generational friendships will give this appeal to both younger and older readers. This would be a great read-aloud, too, keeping in mind that the girls befriend some surfers who favor curse words and Tara comes off as a tart at times. KLIATT Codes: JS*—Exceptional book, recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2004, Allen & Unwin, 289p. illus., Ages 12 to 18.
—Amanda MacGregor

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781741142556
Publisher:
Allen & Unwin Pty., Limited
Publication date:
09/28/2005
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.95(d)
Age Range:
12 - 14 Years

Meet the Author


Elizabeth Honey is the author of numerous books including 45 and 47 Street, The Cherry Dress, Don't Pat the Wombat, Fiddle Back, and Princess Beatrice and the Rotten Robber.

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