Bye Beautiful

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Penguin Group Australia, May 1, 2006 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 276 pages
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She thought of Billy, and how he would never say 'Bye, beautiful' to someone like her, that likely no one would ever say anything like that to her in her life, and how she could not do anything to change any of it.

Sandy does not know if she would fit in anywhere, but she feels like a complete outsider in this hot wheatbelt town where her policeman father has just been transferred.

And then she meets Billy, the part-Aboriginal mechanic's apprentice and town heart-throb.

Sandy's feelings for him are overwhelming her, but she is about to find out that her greatest rival is her own sister, the alluring, confident Marianne.

Set in Western Australia in the 1960s, this is a story of secrets and heartbreak, of families and changing times, by rising star Julia Lawrinson.

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Review: Bye, Beautiful

User Review  - Ms Tlaskal - Goodreads

This is a good solid read, spot on with the setting and giving the flavour of the time. However as a love story it does not really work. I thought the main character of Sandy would be the one having ... Read full review

Review: Bye, Beautiful

User Review  - Meg - Goodreads

Another one from our library that I have to question...definitely a book for older children, though I know of one girl in my class who would read it. The issues of racism and mysogyny are quite ... Read full review

About the author (2006)

Julia Lawrinson grew up in the outer suburbs of Perth and left school at age fifteen, but eventually completed a PhD in writing in 2004.  She has held a variety of jobs, from supermarket checkout, chambermaid, barmaid, roadhouse attendant and weighbridge operator to speechwriter for the Western Australian Department of Health. She is currently Principal Research Officer attached to the Committees of the Legislative Assembly in Perth, where she and her family live, and she continues to write in her spare time.

Julia's first novel, Obsession, won the 2001 WA Premier's Prize for Young Adult Writing. Since then, she has been prolific, having written five more novels for young adults, including Bye, Beautiful, which was shortlisted for both the QLD and WA Premier's Awards and was a 2007 CBC Notable Book, and a 2004 novel for middle readers, Loz and Al. Her most recent novel is the popular Chess Nuts, for middle readers.

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