By: Di Walker
Genre: YF - Children's / Teenage fiction & true stories
Published by: Scholastic Australia
Published: 01 Jul 2023
ISBN: 9781761297311


Who are you when your other half is gone?

Twelve-year-old Charli knows no other way of being than as a twin. But when her twin sister, Freya, succumbs to a lifelong battle with illness, Charli, consumed by grief, retreats into a tent in her backyard. Closed off from her family and friends, Charli risks losing not only her other half but her whole self. Without her twin, whois left to save Charli?

From Di Walker comes a story of loss, the importance of friendship and the transcendence of love, even if it is sometimes hard to see.

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Charli has always had to help her twin Freya with everything, as Freya has an illness that doesn’t allow her to even walk or talk. But Charli is a bit over it, as everything always seems to be about Freya.

Charli has her friends - her BFF, Queenie, a high achieving musical prodigy, and the fun-loving and loud Blair, who only arrived in Grade 3, to help her through. But Charli is sick of sharing them with Freya too.

So when Freya goes to hospital again, Charli refuses to visit her. But little does Charli know this would be for the last time. The grief she feels afterwards is extreme, with Charli believing she is responsible for Freya’s death.

Can her Mum and Dad convince Charli of just how important she is to them, and will her friends be able to entice her out of the tent that she has locked herself away infor the two weeks since the funeral?

This is a poignant story of loss and grief highlighting the need for understanding, and the importance of friendship and family in incredibly tough times. This is an idealbook for those in upper primary and lower secondary.

Reviewed by Rob