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Monday 20 June 2011

Review: The Family Tree

This story of searching, self-discovery and identity, is beautiful and touching.

Everyone says that Harry is just like her dad. But he’s dead, and she never knew him. So where does that leave her?

Harry is almost eleven, and feeling lost. Her father died when she was little, her mother’s boyfriend and his son (also named Harry) have just moved in, things are changing at school – nothing is staying the same.

She must try to find herself amongst this confusing life, and work out if she really is Harry after all.

The Family Tree is a story of families and the ways in which we are linked by genetics, loyalty, blood and marriage. It is a story about the past, the present and the future, and how they are intertwined, a story of friendship and new relationships that must be forged.

Godwin skilfully guides us through the path of a confused child who is growing up and coming to grips with all the changes with herself and those around her.

This heartfelt tale of a girl searching for an identity is a must-read for young girls.

Title: The Family Tree
Author: Jane Godwin
Publisher: Puffin, $16.95 RRP
Publication Date: 2003
Format: Softcover
ISBN: 9780141302126
For ages: 10+
Type: Novel