[OZTL_NET] Review: Big Thursday Anne Brooksbank

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Sat Apr 13 17:44:29 AEST 2013

Big Thursday Anne Brooksbank


Format:Paperback, 264 pages


price:AUD $17.99



Nat’s family is in crisis. His father, Luke, has been called to account for
some serious errors of judgment in his professional accountancy role and
has been ordered to undertake weekend detention along with serious
financial redress. His mother, Rachel, is finding it difficult to handle
the loss of their family home along with many of their possessions and what
is even harder, their respect and status within their community.  His
younger sister Hannah and little brother Toby are finding it difficult to
adjust to living in a caravan park rather than their large house.

Nat doesn’t mind the new caravan home and its proximity to the beach. It
means it is even easier for him to catch some waves when he’s not at
school. His passion for surfing has been nurtured his whole life by his dad
who was, in his time, a champion competition surfer.  Somehow the
rollercoaster of emotional upheaval is easier to deal with when he’s riding
a good wave. Discovering that Grace, a long time schoolmate but recently
acquired friend, is equally passionate about surfing – albeit far more
accomplished than he – also helps him to deal with his emotional state.

Just as the dust seems to be settling a little as they all adjust to their
vastly different circumstances, a new crisis develops when Luke’s mental
health causes him to be seriously injured. Nat’s mum feels unable to
sustain the family situation as it is and, in desperation, relocates Nat
and his siblings to Tasmania and her parents’ guesthouse.  While Nat
desperately misses his friends, and particularly Grace, it is his dad he is
most anxious about and taking matters into his own hands manages to travel
back to his home to ensure the safety of his loved father and ultimately
save his family from a complete breakdown.

Brooksbank has captured the anguish and turmoil of a family in
extraordinary circumstances beautifully. The characters are well drawn and
so utterly believable and authentic.  Highly recommended for readers about
12 years old and up – particularly grommets!

Sue Warren
Qld T-L
Losang ;o)
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