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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).
Thank you Marianne, I was really delighted to be listed. Hope the writing is going well. Nicole x
I have just finished reading ‘Scout’ and was blown away by the story of Kit. It was an amazing book and I have recommended it to all of my friends. I know a lot of authors finish a book without exactly letting us know what happened to the character/s. I am very interested in knowing what happened to Kit, her mother and Angel. I am pretty sure they went to Kangaroo Island to the lighthouse (as you hinted in the last couple of pages), however what I really want to know is what happened to Angel/Gabriel. As the author, what do you think happened to them? Will there be a second book? It doesn’t seem like a trilogy but I would love a follow-up book!!!!!
I can’t wait to read your other novels. Oh and one more question…. Do you have German ancestry? Your last name sounds German so was just wondering 🙂
Brooke (17 years old)
My name is Swiss from my Grandfather Ernst Plüss, who came out to Australia at the turn of the last century, met Eileen in Melbourne (my Nan) and never went back. So, my Plüss ancestry is Swiss but almost all the rest is English/Irish.
That was the easy one to answer. I did intend to write other books about Kit but at the moment I’m working on other things. Mainly, a contemporary novel for teenagers I’m really enjoying. I do have some ideas about what might happen in a sequel. I always thought that Kit and her mother would have settled in Adelaide proper, where they would have bought land and built a beautiful house. There are houses in Adelaide dating from the mid-late 1800’s that I could imagine Kit and her mother living in, with fruit trees and grape vines in the back yard. I think that they would have wanted to buy something of their own and I’m sure that they wouldn’t return to England. I do wonder about Kit and Gabriel myself because you don’t always end up with your first love and sometimes I think it’s better that you don’t. But then I think that perhaps he is her true love, so she should end up with him? But right now I don’t know if he is her true love or her first love, or both. But he is a catch, without a doubt 🙂
Thanks for your comment. I loved it ❤
Hi, Nicole pluss today ur presentation is looked very very meaningful n helpful like me.
Thanks Samdrup, I loved visiting Ranjung LSS. A highlight of the trip! Nicole
thanks a lot for your response and have nice day.
I was just wondering if you know any place where I could buy Beach Baby? I loved it as a teenager and have been trying to track down a copy for myself, and also to share with my niece, but it seems to be unavailable everywhere I look.
Cheers, and thanks for writing such great kids books.
Thanks so much, Bethany. It’s so good to hear that my book is remembered. The best option now is to create a search for it on Ebay. They come up for sale as second hand copies now and then. I am looking at reprinting my older titles but nothing is available yet.
Thanks again, Nicole.
Currently I’m working on the 4th edition of my Aussie first, What Should My Child Read?, (Five Senses Education), and I’ve just finished reading your fine novel, Scout. Since I taught Laura Harris in a Children’s Lit elective years ago at what is now USyd, I was naturally touched by your Acknowledgments at the end.
If you get back to me, I’ll send you privately what I’ve just written about this novel. I’ve made it a starred entry.
All the best–Susan Moore
Dear Susan, Thank you for this message and for your kind words about Scout. Laura Harris is wonderful and I’m very grateful to her for her support of my writing over the years. I would love to hear from you my email is nicole (at) respectpoint (dot) com Thanks so much again, Cheers Nicole
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
Is there anywhere I can purchase Beach baby? I can’t seem to find it anywhere
Hi Alana, It’s out of print now but sometimes a copy comes up on Ebay. Good luck in finding a copy. Cheers Nicole
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