by Georgia Blain
Random House, $18.95 pb, 278 pp, 9781864719833
This is Shyness
by Leanne Hall
Text Publishing, $19.95 pb, 274 pp, 9781921656521
Darkness, both literal and symbolic, pervades these two recent books. Darkwater, the first Young Adult title by established writer Georgia Blain (author of four novels, including Closed for Winter, 1998), and a début book, This is Shyness by Leanne Hall, trace the aftermath of events in which brightness gives way to ‘sudden black’ in the lives of teenage characters.
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