A fabulous new voice and a gem of a novel. Kim Kane's ruthless depiction of the pecking order in a girls' school is both hilarious and startling in its honesty.
What happened to Olive wasn't because she'd only ever felt half. It didn't even happen because her house was full of crap-knacks and clutter, because she called her mother Mog, or because she knew of a man named WilliamPetersMustardSeed. It wasn't because she had a peculiar relationship with the number two, or because her skin was the exact colour of chicken loaf. Although there was never any doubt that it was a shake-it-all-about hokey-pokey of all these things, what happened to Olive couldn't have happened without Mathilda Graham.
Olive Garnaut likes things in pairs. But even with her own perfectly symmetrical family, birthday and bedroom, Olive has only ever felt half. How extraordinary, then, that one day Pip should appear.
Kim Kane absolutely nails the treacherous world of junior high school.' Alison Lester
A gem of a novel! Poignant, funny and blissfully unsentimental.Kane understands what it's like to be standing on the outside looking in.' Clare Renner, Professional Writing and Editing, RMIT
Kim Kane was born in London in a bed bequeathed by Wordsworth to '.a writer, a painter or a poet'. Despite this auspicious beginning, she went on to practise law.
In 2004, Kim threw her unbridled materialism to the wind and started to write. Kim now works exactly part-time as a lawyer and exactly part-time as a writer and the combination is perfect.
Kim has noticed that most proper children's writers like chickens. Kim hates chickens. She does, however, like being backstage, her nephew, Angus, and, if she is strictly honest, most fatty snacks. Above all of these things (except perhaps Angus), Kim likes telling stories, and on a good writing day she wouldn't trade her life for anything.
Pip: the story of Olive is Kim's first novel. Writing it very nearly killed her.
Short-listed Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards, Upper Primary Children category 2009 AU; Short-listed Australian Book Industry Awards, Book of the Year for Older Children 2009 AU; Winner FAW Awards, Barbara Ramsden Award for Excellence in Editing 2008 AU
A & U Children
Paperback - B format
10 - 13
Children's, Teenage & educational