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The Owen Girl-bookcover

By: Margaret Beames

The Owen Girl

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Jenna is fifteen, a couple of weeks away from her sixteenth birthday. After her step-father abuses her, she runs away to a beach house owned by her grandmother, Glenys, which has been empty for years.Looking after herself, determined to be independent and to stay safe, she cautiously gets to know the local shopkeeper, the elderly Maori man who leaves freshly caught fish on her doorstep, and a teenage boy on holiday in a neighbouring cottage. She uncovers the history of her nan and finds that history can repeat itself, but in a good way.This is a beautifully written, heart-warming story set in New Zealand. The characters are lightly but cleverly drawn, and the environment is vividly brought to life. This charming book will appeal to young adults and readers of all ages.

Margaret Beames was born in 1935 at Cowley, a suburb of Oxford. She attended teacher training college at Saffron Walden and subsequently taught primary age children in both England and Kenya (her husband was a member of the Royal Air Force) for 17 years before emigrating to New Zealand in 1974. She started a very successful writing career there and had 41 books published, winning many awards and accolades. She also wrote many plays and pantomimes, some of which were performed on radio. This book, The Owen Girl was found among her papers after her untimely death from cancer in 2016.

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