Triple Ripple: A fabulous fairytale

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Allen & Unwin, Mar 1, 2011 - Juvenile Fiction - 252 pages
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The Writer begins with a sparkly good idea for a fabulous fairytale. A girl called Glory is sent to work in the Royal Palace, where the queen is planning a grand ball and a bad-tempered princess is sorting through jewels and tiaras. And, unknown to Glory, the threads of her destiny are coming together.

Nova is reading the fairytale. Fairytales are not usually her thing, but right now she's feeling a bit messy and lost. Her best friend has gone away and bitchy Dylan is hassling her. Still, Nova is curious to find out why Glory's mother is scrabbling under the bed for an old magic book.

Can the Writer make everything turn out happily ever after? Will the princess find true love? Will Glory escape a secret curse? And can Nova smooth out the lumps and bumps in her life?

In this experimental novel, Lowry deconstructs her story lines into three elements: writer, story, reader. It begins with the writer puttering about the house, fretful over her book. Next a traditional princess story begins, and then comes the modern-day story of Nova, an Australian teen, who reacts to the story, and also shares details of her daily life. The result is a strange, compelling mix of the self-doubt and daily humdrum of a writer, castles and fairyland, and teen angst. A few times the writer plays with the story by rewriting scenes. The time setting is unclear: while the writer rejects a photograph in one scenario (as photography hadn't yet been invented), she later says the king enjoys fine cars. Parallel to the princess story, Nova relates her own trials with humor, Australian slang, and a sprinkling of profanity. The inclusion of Nova's story makes the book best suited for teen readers who still enjoy a sweet princess tale, and it will particularly resonate with aspiring authors. Hand this to older fans of Gail Carson Levine. [Spike Magazine, 28/11/2011].

 

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User Review  - EKAnderson - LibraryThing

I’m hard pressed to say that a novel I’ve read is one-of-a-kind. There’s a lot of books out there, everything’s been done, and most authors are striving to put a unique twist on something that, if you ... Read full review

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User Review  - SMG-SBray - LibraryThing

A very interesting idea... There are 3 parts different points of view in this book... The Fairy Tale view, The Reader's View and the Writer's view. The Fairy Tale is fairly basic, but still enjoyable ... Read full review

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Contents

Chapter One
1
The Reader
5
The Writer
6
Chapter One and a Half
7
The Reader
11
The Writer
12
Chapter Two and a Bit
15
The Writer
17
Chapter with Ball Gown and Tumbles
89
The Writer
99
The Reader
100
A Very Important Chapter
102
The Writer
105
The Reader
106
Chapter Thursday with Surprises and Starblossom
110
The Writer
113

The Reader
18
Chapter Two and the Next Bit
19
The Reader
21
The Writer
22
Chapter Four and Three Quarters
23
The Writer
30
The Reader
31
Another Chapter
32
The Reader
39
The Writer
40
Chapter Seventeen and Thruppence
41
The Writer
46
The Reader
47
A Bit that is Too Small to be a Chapter
48
The Reader
50
The Writer
51
The Reader
52
A Chapter with a Bad Mistake in it
53
The Writer
54
A Chapter Without a Mistake in it hopefully
55
The Reader
58
A Chapter Without a Boring Bit in it hopefully
60
The Reader
62
The Writer
63
A Chapter With Vomit in it
64
The Reader
66
Chapter 74
67
The Writer
70
The Reader
71
A Flowery Chapter
72
The Reader
79
The Writer
80
A Chapter with a King in it
81
The Writer
82
The Reader
83
A Chapter with a King in it
84
The Writer
87
The Reader
88
The Reader
114
Chapter Moonbeam and a Quarter
119
The Reader
124
The Writer
129
A Rose Petal Chapter
130
The Reader
136
The Writer
137
A Chapter Containing TeaLeaves and SugarDusted Insects
138
The Writer
145
The Reader
146
A Chapter Containing Further Doings of a Somewhat Dodgy Character
149
The Writer
156
The Reader
158
Chapter SeventySeven and Six Sevenths
159
The Writer
161
The Reader
162
A Chapter Containing Various Exciting Events and Several Adjectives
164
The Reader
168
The Writer
174
Chapter Containing Merriment Life and Death
175
The Writer
179
The Reader
180
Chapter Nearly There and a Bit
182
The Reader
186
Chapter with Dramas Dancing and Doubts
187
The Writer
197
The Reader
198
The Writer
203
The Writer
206
Chapter Midnight
212
The Writer
219
The Reader
220
The LoveyDovey Chapter
221
The Reader
227
The Wedding Chapter
228
The Writer
236
Acknowledgements
239
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About the author (2011)

Brigid Lowry was born in New Zealand and now lives in Australia. After the success of Guitar Highway Rose, she wrote Follow the Blue, and then she collaborated with her son, Sam Field, on the fantasy adventure Space Camp. Brigid's next novel, With Lots of Love from Georgia, won the YA section of the New Zealand Children's Post Book Awards. Her collection of stories and poetry, Tomorrow All Will Be Beautiful, won the Victorian Premier's Award for YA fiction and was shortlisted for the NZ Post Awards. Her inspiring guide for young writers, Juicy Writing, was a finalist in the NZ Post Awards.

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