Girl Out Loud
Kass Kennedy is misunderstood. Her dad thinks she wants to be a super-star (no way), her mum thinks Kass can handle her dad (not for much longer) and her best friends think Kass is a two-faced boy-stealer (well…). The only person who gets her is Simon Cowell (in her dreams). In this comical, bittersweet drama, Kass must prove to herself and everyone else that she’s really not that kind of girl.
Steal My Sunshine
During a Melbourne heatwave, Hannah’s family life begins to distort beyond her deepest fears. It’s going to take more than a cool change to fix it, but how can a girl who lives in the shadows take on the task alone? Feeling powerless and invisible, Hannah seeks refuge in the two anarchists of her life: her wild best friend, Chloe, and her eccentric grandmother, Essie, who look like they know how life really works. But Hannah’s loyalty to both is tested, first by her attraction to Chloe’s older brother, and then by Essie’s devastating secret that sheds new light on how the family has lost its way. Even if Hannah doesn’t know what to believe in, she’d better start believing in herself. Combined with Hannah’s contemporary story, at the heart of Steal My Sunshine is the revelation of a shameful aspect of Australia’s history and how it affected thousands of girls and women – the forced adoptions that saw ‘wayward girls’ and single mothers forced to give up their babies by churches and hospitals. The practice endured for decades, and only now are the numbers and the heart-wrenching stories coming to light.
BIO: Emily Gale was a children’s book editor in London for 10 years. In 2008 she moved to Melbourne and worked as a reader for a literary agent, discovering several successful new voices. She’s now a children’s book buyer for an independent small book chain in Melbourne. Emily is the author of two YA novels, Girl Aloud and Steal My Sunshine, several picture books and a new series for 5-8 year olds to be published in 2014.