Pandora Jones by Barry Jonsberg & Crooked leg road by Jennifer Walsh

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June–July 2014, no. 362
Two new young adult novels

Pandora Jones: Admission Book

by Barry Jonsberg

Allen & Unwin, $17.99 pb, 304 pp, 9781743318119

Book Cover 2 Small

Crooked leg road

by Jennifer Walsh

Allen & Unwin, $14.99 pb, 208 pp, 9781743316931

Pandora Jones by Barry Jonsberg & Crooked leg road by Jennifer Walsh

Reviewed by
June–July 2014, no. 362

Where is the pleasure in reading a book as part of a series? A long acquaintance with known and trusted characters rewards the reader with the chance to share their growth and development through multiple challenges and adversities. For teenage readers, following protagonists their own age on this journey has particular rewards. All this, and cliffhangers, too.

Barry Jonsberg’s latest novel, Pandora Jones: Admission, is the first in a series. Jonsberg is a versatile and assured writer. His gift with character is the portrayal of young people who narrate their lives with humour and self-assurance. Dreamrider (2006) was a departure for him, depicting a character who was in psychological torment from dreams, which may or may not have been real.

Two new young adult novels

Pandora Jones: Admission Book

by Barry Jonsberg

Allen & Unwin, $17.99 pb, 304 pp, 9781743318119

Book Cover 2 Small

Crooked leg road

by Jennifer Walsh

Allen & Unwin, $14.99 pb, 208 pp, 9781743316931

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