Hope Bay is such a great book. I just don’t understand one thing. What does Kurt symblose i the novel? Is it how all soldiers were not voilent and kind at heart? And whydid he keep asking Olga what her name was?
Hello LoveHopeBay, I love your username! And I love your questions. Really, you can intrepret the book the way you like. It may have a different meaning for different people depending on their age and life experiences. I think that’s the best thing about reading and the reason why we don’t all like the same books because it is a personal thing. Also what you think about a book can change over time as you change. I once read a book by Jessica Anderson called “Tirra Lirra by the River”. I loved it but I didn’t really understand it. Then ten years later, when I thought about it again, it suddenly had a whole new meaning for me because I was older. I was really happy when that happened. It was as though there were miraculously two books in one. So, I can’t answer your questions exactly but I hope this helps. Thanks Nicole
In year 8 ( 1998 ) I read Beach Baby about 7 times. The school had to order another copy of the book because I always had it borrowed out when other kids wanted or needed to read it. When I came back to that school in 2000 I again borrowed it out BUT noticed one of the pages were missing because I knew the book cover to cover. Notified the school of this and got new copies sent to the school.
Thank you for your books. As a teenager I loved to read them and am even searching for a copy of Beach Baby for my book collection. I am now 26 and a mother.
Thank you Nicole.
Thank you BeachBabyGirl. Your comment makes it all worthwhile (truly). All the best to you and your family for the future.
Congratulations on “Scout” making it onto the CBCA list of notable books for 2011 (one of only five South Aussies to make it).
I just wanted to say what an amazing book “Beach Baby” is. I read it in year 10 (2001), and couldn’t stop thinking about it for weeks! I remember being incredibly moved by your portrayal of the two sisters and their father’s relationship, as it reminded me of my own relationship with my sister and father. The way you illustrated both sister’s confusion and pain was just breathtaking, and I can’t wait to read it again as an adult. Thank you x
That you have gone to the trouble to send me this note after so many years means so much to me. Thank you. The very best to you, Love Nicole
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