by Joy Cowley  Speed of Light

With a father more interested in money than family, a brother in prison, a sister with a secret, and a mother in denial, it’s no wonder Jeff buries himself in the safe world of mathematics.

When a storm hits Wellington, a strange old woman is blown into Jeff’s life, challenging everything he thinks is true.

A high-drama read, full of twists. – Weekend Herald (NZ)

Sometimes families need rescuing from themselves. This is true of teenager Jeff’s family … it is drama of the highest level. – Bob’s Books Blog (NZ)

This a beautiful and humbling story of a teen coping, understanding the strengths and weaknesses in those around him, and ultimately a story about redemption and the ability to be better. – Page and Blackmore (NZ)

Gecko Press | children’s fiction | pb | 208 pp | Aug 2014 | 11+

Rights sold: Chinese (complex), Korean