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Zenna Dare

Rosanne Hawke
Australian Author
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Zenna Dare

Rosanne Hawke

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A secret spans five generations from Cornwall to Australia. Who was Zenna Dare? When Jenefer moves to the old family home in country Kapunda, she uncovers a secret from the past. What sort of life did Gweniver, her great-great-great-grandmother, lead? And what connection did she have to the glamorous young singer, Zenna Dare?

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A secret spans five generations from Cornwall to Australia. Who was Zenna Dare? When Jenefer moves to the old family home in country Kapunda, she uncovers a secret from the past. What sort of life did Gweniver, her great-great-great-grandmother, lead? And what connection did she have to the glamorous young singer, Zenna Dare?
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A secret spans five generations from Cornwall to Australia. Who was Zenna Dare? When Jenefer moves to the old family home in country Kapunda, she uncovers a secret from the past. What sort of life did Gweniver, her great-great-great-grandmother, lead? And what connection did she have to the glamorous young singer, Zenna Dare? Could a nineteenth-century mother of nine have led a double life, and, if so, why? In a story crossing five generations, from the old world to the new, Zenna Dare brings reconciliation in more ways than Jenefer could ever have imagined.
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Meet the Author

Rosanne Hawke

Rosanne Hawke is an Australian author of over twenty books, among them Shahana, The Messenger Bird, winner of the 2013 Cornish Holyer an Gof award for YA literature, and Taj and the Great Camel Trek, winner of the 2012 Adelaide Festival Children's Literature Award . Her other books include Marrying Ameera and Soraya the Storyteller which was shortlisted in multiple Australian awards in 2006.

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Family secrets and new beginnings
5 stars By Nola, Dec 10 2014
When Year 12 student Jenefer moves from Adelaide to Kapunda with her family she discovers there's more to tie her to the town than she thought. In a secret room in the ancestral home where she now lives, she finds a box than contains secrets about her triple great grandmother Gweniver. What was the mystery surrounding Gweniver's move from Cornwall to Australia in the mid 19th century and what does that have to do with acclaimed opera sensation Zenna Dare? 

We see a real change in Jenefer as she grapples with her own identity and place in history and comes to appreciate her family background and younger siblings more. Her relationship with Caleb, a young indigenous man, is a sweet romance that helps break down stereotypes. Issues like prejudice, the Stolen Generation, and the relationship indigenous people have with the land are all dealt with sensitively. The mystery regarding Gweniver and Zenna Dare wasn't too hard to work out, but I really liked the way the historical information unfolded. The book also contains some faith elements, particularly concerning reconciliation and forgiveness, which are woven into the story well.  

It's great to see a YA book that contains positive values without being preachy. The characters are well drawn and the issues they face make you think about deeper issues. If you want a change from the darker YA fiction around, try this book. You won't be disappointed.
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  • Catalogue Code 411819
  • Product Code 9781925139037
  • ISBN 1925139034
  • EAN 9781925139037
  • Pages 256
  • Department Children / Young Adults
  • Category Youth
  • Sub-Category Fiction/novels
  • Publisher Rhiza Press
  • Publication Date Jul 2014
  • Sales Rank #91660
  • Dimensions 203 x 133 x 14 mm
  • Weight 0.249kg

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