ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Ana is twelve and a half and dying of cancer. But that's not her biggest problem - Alyssa Anderson is. Queen of Mean, whose greatest delight is in making Ana's life difficult. As if cancer and being a pre-teen and Mum and Dad splitting aren't enough! While the idea of death is surreal and scary and exhausting, Ana has a great heart and good friends and a pretty amazing attitude, and she is living as fully as she can, whatever Alyssa does to bully and mistreat her. This is actually quite an uplifting and joyous novel despite its subject matter, with a brave and lively character you just have to admire. Illustrated throughout. Lindy
Maryam Master was born in Iran and moved to Australia when she was nine. She is a screenwriter and playwright who loves creating shows for young audiences. Maryam has adapted three of David Walliams' books for the stage - Mr Stink, Billionaire Boy and The Midnight Gang - as well as Oliver Jeffers' The Incredible Book Eating Boy, all of which premiered at the Sydney Opera House and toured across Australia. She also collaborated with Australian Children's Laureate Leigh Hobbs on Horrible Harriet: Live on Stage. She began her career in TV, writing for shows like Home and Away, Blinky Bill and the Jim Henson Co's Bambaloo. In 2011 she was selected by Sesame Workshop as the writer for Elmo's tour of Australia. Exit Through the Gift Shop is her first novel.