Ballad for a Mad Girl

by Vikki Wakefield

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Everyone knows seventeen-year-old Grace Foley is a bit mad. She's a prankster and a risk-taker, and she's not afraid of anything-except losing. As part of the long-running feud …read more

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Title Ballad for a Mad Girl
ISBN 9781925410327
Author by Vikki Wakefield
Publisher Misc - United Book Distributor
Imprint Text Publishing
Publication Date 29 May 2017
Format EPUB
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Number of Pages 320
Filesize 983.9 KB
Language en
NBS Text Young Adult Fiction
ONIX Text Young adult
Category Fiction (Child / Teen)
Australian

Reviews

`Vikki Wakefield...proves again that she's the mistress of YA twisted relationships and disturbed characters, all memorable, all sketched with compassion, wit and insight, the adults as well as teens.' * Ruth Starke, Australian Book Review, Books of the Year 2015 *

Author Biography

Vikki Wakefield's first YA novel, All I Ever Wanted, won the 2012 Adelaide Festival Literary Award for YA Fiction, as did her second novel, Friday Brown, in 2014. Friday Brown was also an Honour Book at the Children's Book Council of Australia, in 2013, and was shortlisted for the prestigious Prime Minister's Awards. Vikki's third novel,InbetweenDays, was Highly Commended in the 2016 Barbara Jefferis Award, was a 2016 CBCA Honour Book and was shortlisted for the 2016 Prime Minister's Awards. Vikki lives in the Adelaide foothills with her family.

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Everyone knows seventeen-year-old Grace Foley is a bit mad. She's a prankster and a risk-taker, and she's not afraid of anything-except losing. As part of the long-running feud between two local schools in Swanston, Grace accepts a challenge to walk the pipe. That night sheexperiences something she can't explain.
The funny girl isn't laughing anymore. She's haunted by voices and visions-but nobody believes a girl who cries wolf.

As she's drawn deeper into a twenty-year-old mystery surrounding missing girl Hannah Holt, the thin veil between this world and the next begins to slip. Shecan no longer tell what's real or imagined-allshe knows is the ghosts of Swanston, including that of her own mother, are restless. It seems one of them has granted her an extraordinary gift at a terrible price.

Everything about her is changing-her body, her thoughts, even her actions seem to belong to a stranger. Grace is losing herself, and her friends don't understand. Is she moving closer to the truth? Or is she heading for madness?

I trace the word with my finger. It shimmers. A sharp impact near my
ribs knocks me sideways and the pipe seems to buckle and twist. My legs
lose grip. Close by, someone is sobbing as if their heart could break.

Vikki Wakefield's first YA novel, All I Ever Wanted, won the 2012 Adelaide Festival Literary Award for YA Fiction, as did her second novel, Friday Brown, in 2014. Friday Brown
was also an Honour Book at the Children's Book Council of Australia, in
2013, and was shortlisted for the prestigious Prime Minister's Awards.
Vikki's third novel,InbetweenDays, was Highly Commended in the
2016 Barbara Jefferis Award, was a 2016 CBCA Honour Book and was
shortlisted for the 2016 Prime Minister's Awards. Vikki lives in the
Adelaide foothills with her family.
'Fans of intelligent, unflinching, spine-crawling thrillers...will love Ballad for a Mad Girl.' Books + Publishing
'I'm obsessed with Vikki Wakefield's words. Seriously-I'd be)

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