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Ballad for a Mad Girl
By (author): Vikki Wakefield
9781925355291 Paperback, Trade English Young Adult : Age (years) from 14 - 35 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Paranormal, Occult & Supernatural Jun 22, 2018
$17.95 CAD
Active 5 x 7 x 0.82 in | 240 gr 320 pages Text Publishing Company
Everyone knows seventeen-year-old Grace Foley is a bit mad. She's a risk-taker who’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 she experiences something she can't explain. The funny girl isn't laughing anymore. She's haunted by voices and visions. 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. She can no longer tell what's real or imagined. All she knows is the ghosts of Swanston, including that of her own mother, are restless. 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?

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, Inbetween Days, 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 Adelaide with her family.

'Wakefield’s bone-chilling supernatural thriller, originally published in Australia, blurs the line between perception and reality, often folding in shrewd discussions of mental illness along the way. With whirlwind pacing, dynamic characterizations, and out-of-this-world spook appeal, Wakefield’s writing is a possessive force of its own. Readers, ready your nightlights.’—Booklist

'The touch of magical realism—or is it psychic ability that Grace inherited from her mother?—is key to making the plot work even if everything is explained away by her therapist, as Grace does in fact solve one mystery and prevent another tragedy. Give this to readers who enjoy a bit of supernatural ambiguity in their crime dramas.' Recommended. Gr. 9-12.—BCCB

; 'Evocative descriptions will make readers feel Grace's fear, frustration, and confusion, with sights, sounds, and scents that are as palpable as words on a page can be. Mesmerizing, haunting, and hopeful. (Fiction. 14-18)’—Kirkus; *Starred Review*

'Wakefield reveals herself to be a master of madness and suspense, rivaling such authors as Adele Griffin and Neal Shusterman. With the effect of both a seductive dream and a nightmare, the story throbs with uneasiness; curses, terrible secrets, and twisted relationships all threaten to explode at any moment. Wakefield’s writing is gorgeous. She renders the Australian setting, from the slanted platforms at the train station to the red dust of the outback, with visceral detail, and her characters are disturbing, yet sketched with deep compassion for their lonely, wounded hearts.'Booklist onFriday Never Leaving

‘Wakefield’s writing is unflinchingly honest...readers who let themselves sink into Wakefield’s descriptions of small-town life, its constraints, and frustrations will enjoy following Jack as she searches for meaning, finding love and purpose in the unlikeliest people.’Publisher’s WeeklyonFriday Never Leaving

'For readers who enjoy stories with an emotional punch.School Library Journal onFriday Never Leaving

‘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.’Australian Book Review

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