By: J.C. Jones
Genre: YFA - Classic fiction (Children's/Teenage)
Published by: A & U Children
Published: 26 Jul 2017
ISBN: 9781760296056


Pip has one clue about the whereabouts of her birth mother, Cass - an old postcard from Beautiful Byron Bay. She's been settled with the Browning’s, who are planning to adopt her-at least, that's until Pip gets into trouble once again! Now, Pip is sure she won't find a home with the Browning’s. There's only one place she might belong, and that's with her mother.

With her faithful hound Houdini by her side, Pip sets off north, to find out once and for all what became of Cass. It's a journey filled with interesting people, including a mysteriously musical young woman and a friendly, sun-bitten surfer. But as Pip draws ever-closer to Byron Bay, is she prepared for what she will find when she gets there?

Once again this girl as skinny as a piece of string proves that adventure is where you choose to find it and a little bit of kindness can go a long way!


Pip is back, and you will love her just as much after this adventure! She is still feisty and headstrong, and trouble seems to never be far away. But you will feel for her right from the start, although you will wish she thought more before she acted!

Pip is a young girl who has endured a lot. Not only was she abandoned as a baby, she is now dealing with the loss of the only person that she knew as family, Sully, the old man who she lived with until he died. Pip just doesn’t know where she fits in.

She is now living with her best friend Matilda’s family, and whilst they have been wonderful to her, she can’t help but think they don’t really want her. So she decides to run away to Byron Bay with her dog Houdini, and try to find the elusive Cass, who she knows is her mother.

But a ten year old girl and a dog are surely only asking for trouble when they set out on this dangerous adventure. Can Pip and Houdini survive the elements of travelling alone, the hunger, and the lack of a place to sleep, all in the relentless quest to find her mum, who she isn’t even really sure is in Byron Bay at all?

This is a wonderful story about trying to find your place in the world, albeit in a very dangerous way! Pip’s cunning and determination shine through - and although her actions along the way will have you thinking ‘how can a ten year old survive this?’ - it is ultimately a story of love, family and acceptance.

Reviewed by Sam