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Dear Venny, Dear Saffron (Flyways) Paperback – 28 Sep 2000

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Floris Books (28 Sept. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0863153313
  • ISBN-13: 978-0863153310
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,069,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Readers will laugh and cry throughout this rollercoaster of a novel. These two skilful writers create enormous tension and emotion through the rough ride of two teenage lives. I would recommend this book to any teenager, as well as their parents.' -- Jackie Harris, Worcester Evening News 'The emotional interplay is handled well and the exotic lifestyles and emotional disclosure make the book.' -- Books for Keeps, January 2001 'We found this book to be both interesting and enjoyable as it shows the importance of not making assumptions about other people. The ending is suitably intriguing.' -- Daniel (age 14) and Richard (age 10), Education Otherwise

About the Author

Gary Crew is a lecturer in Creative Writing and is Chair of the Queensland Writer's Centre. He has won various literary prizes including the Book of the Year for Older Readers, and the American Children's Book of Distinction. Libby Hawthorn is the author of many outstanding novels for children and young adults. Her multitude of awards include the Society of School Librarian's International Honour Book, and the American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults. Her titles frequently appear in American and Australian children's Best Book and Honour Book listings.

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By A Customer on 8 May 2001
Format: Paperback
In Dear Venny, Dear Saffron, an unlikely pair of teenagers, become pen-pals through a school project. Saffron Duval lives in a penthouse apartment with her rich and snobby Aunt Beatrice in New York and Venero Merlo lives in Brisbane, Australia with his parents. As time passes, the characters mature, as does their relationship. Then, hopes and dreams are shattered as a tragedy unfolds. The main themes are growing up and romance. Secondary themes include, friendship and 'life and death.' It is interesting what you can write about to someone you have never met before and to see what can develop from it. There are some minor elements of teenage rebellion in this book, but not a lot. The only types of rebellion in the book, are alcohol, smoking and trying new things, for example when Venny tries modelling and sculpture. This book is not very good at communicating rebellion. Dear Venny, Dear Saffron, doesn't focus on rebellion, but tries to focus on other issues. The characters are very well done and are both sophisticated in their own ways. One of the most interesting aspects of the novel is the opportunity to read the story from two perspectives. The reader can always look back and marvel at how far the characters have developed. Dear Venny, Dear Saffron, is an intriguing story about romance, passion and growing up. It shows that life makes promises it cannot keep and most importantly it shows the emotional growth of two completely different individuals.
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