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Steal my Sunshine is a gorgeous read, full of mystery, history, hope and heartbreak. I was gripped all the way to the bittersweet end. - Simmone Howell, author of EVERYTHING BEAUTIFUL During a Melbourne heatwave, Hannah s family life begins to distort beyond her deepest fears. It s going to take more than a cool change to fix it, but how can a girl who lives in the shadows take on the task alone? Feeling powerless and invisible, Hannah seeks refuge in the two anarchists of her life- her wild best friend, Chloe, and her eccentric grandmother, Essie, who look like they know how life really works. But Hannah s loyalty to both is tested, first by her attraction to Chloe s older brother, and then by Essie's devastating secret that sheds new light on how the family has lost its way. Even if Hannah doesn t know what to believe in, she d better start believing in herself. Combined with Hannah s contemporary story, at the heart of Steal My Sunshine is the revelation of a shameful aspect of Australia s history and how it affected thousands of girls and women the forced adoptions that saw wayward girls and single mothe
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Emily Gale was born in London and worked as a children s book editor for several years before going freelance. She is the author of several pre-school books and YA novel Girl Aloud, which has been published in the UK, Germany and the US, where it is called Girl Out Loud. It was shortlisted for a regional UK award and described by Jaclyn Moriarty as powerful, funny, wise and true . In 2008 Emily and her Australian-born partner moved to Melbourne with their two children. She has since worked on the Authors For Queensland charity auction, which raised over $20,000 for flood victims, and discovered new voices in children s and YA for a literary agent. She is now a children's book buyer and bookseller at Readings. Emily's first book set in Australia is Steal My Sunshine.

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