The novella is set in a small country town surrounded by farms. It follows one eventful year in the life of a family of three girls, Paula, aged 9, Hanna, aged 8, Rose, aged 6 and their little brother. The story is told through the eyes of Hanna, the middle child. She is a daring child, whose love for adventure sometimes lands her in trouble. Suddenly, the family is faced with tragedy which throws them even closer together. The family copes with this tragedy with the support of the children’s favourite aunt their neighbours and the community. The book gives a rare insight into the lives of children in a rural community.
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Abrahams asked Hanna asked Paula Aunt Cola ball to Hanna beautiful Big John birthday blankets blood poisoning breakfast can’t Cola took Cola’s couldn’t remember cried Hanna didn’t know eventually excitement exclaimed Hanna eyes feel flower frightened Grandma Anne hadn’t Hanna and Gareth Hanna and Paula Hanna couldn’t believe Hanna stared Hanna stood Hanna stretched Hanna tried Hanna waiting Hanna was trying Hanna wondered Hanna’s face Hanna’s room hear horses hurt Judy laughed little girl looked tired morning mother moved neighbours netball game night old car pain parents Paula and Hanna Paula looked Peacock Phoebe’s kennel play reins remember replied Hanna ride Rose’s grave Rose’s hand shouted Hanna smile talk tears tell There’s no money thought Hanna tried to explain upset urged Hanna voice walked wanted weekend What’s going whispered Hanna white spot woman worry You’ll