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Peeling the Onion
Written by:
Wendy Orr 
Read by:
Kate Hosking 
Unabridged CD Audio Book 
Number of CDs:
5 hours 6 minutes 
March 07 2007 
Available Date:
March 28 2007 
Age Category:
Young Adult (15+) 
Fiction; Young Adult Fiction 
Bolinda audio 
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AUD$ 24.95
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Notable Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year / Older Readers 1997

"Anna's pain, fear, and dissociation from her former self are rendered so convincingly that readers will close the book believing they have encountered a primary source on trauma."
Kirkus Reviews

"A gripping narrative, told with smarting honesty."
School Library Journal

A gripping story told with honesty and biting humour.

Finding yourself in hospital, in a bed full of shattered glass, is traumatic. Coming to terms with multiple fractures and probable long-term difficulties is something else again - slow, painful, full of obstacles and questions with no clear answers. Anna is used to being athletic, popular, 'normal'. Now she feels the layers of her familiar self being peeled away; nothing is normal or easy. Can she pick up the pieces of her life? What part will Hayden and Luke play? And who, now, is Anna Duncan?

"This story offers a grim look at the emotional and social effects of serious injury on an Australian teen. Before the car accident that would break her neck, Anna was popular, confident, and athletic. Listeners meet her as she struggles with debilitating pain and then join her on her long journey to regain a sense of identity. Kate Hosking, who reads the story's first-person diary-like episodes, is so good at dramatizing the rage, helplessness, fear, and sorrow of her character that Anna's tale is even more darkly sobering. Because of the narration's intimate immediacy, listeners may well feel traumatized along with Anna, though they'll also share in her ultimate-though realistic-recovery."
AudioFile Magazine

"Provides a very realistic portrait of the physical and mental adjustments demanded by an accident."
Midwest Book Review