Sunday, March 8, 2009

Tough Enough

Tough Enough by Tania Hutley, published by Scholastic,
ISBN 978 1 86943 860 9
Be staunch, I told myself. Act tough, fit in. I have to make it through six whole weeks of summer holiday...
"This is our one," Mum said, parking in front of caravan seven. She turned and winked at me. "Sun, surf and sand. This is going to be a great holiday, Matt."
I said nothing.
"You aren't still worried about those silly things that Jayden said, are you?" she asked.
"Well, it's true about the murders..."
Just because there were murders here doesn't mean that this is a rough town."
How did Matt ever get into this? After facing up to the local teens,Matt accepts a dare to go inside the killer's house to steal a momento but Matt finds more than he bargained for...
Tania Hutley writes a fast paced chapter book for 9-12 year old readers. The main character is a boy but he is such a likeable person - girls will enjoy the story too. Kids that have had to move house and make new friends will identify with that feeling of trying to fit in. An enjoyable read!
This is Tania Hutley's first children's book but she is no novice to writing. Hutley has been a technical writer for over 15 years and has been shortlisted or placed runner-up in numerous short story awards. Kids check out the book trailer for 'Tough Enough' - are you staunch enough to read it!
Teachers download the Teacher Notes.
Reviewed by Maria Gill

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