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Exit Through the Gift Shop

Maryam Master



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27 July 2021

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

Anahita Rosalind Ghorban-Galaszczuk (yes, that really is her name but you can call her Ana) is discovering that life is absurd. As if dying of cancer at the age of 12.5 isn't bad enough, she still has to endure daily insults from her nemesis, Alyssa (Queen Mean) Anderson.

Ana's on a wild roller-coaster of life and death, kindness and cruelty, ordinary and extraordinary.

And she's got a few things to do before she exits . . .

Praise for Exit Through the Gift Shop: 'Maryam is a brilliantly funny writer for kids. I have asked her to adapt my own books for the stage and she did a magnificent job every time. This original story of hers is an absolute joy.' - David Walliams
By:   Maryam Master
Imprint:   Pan
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 195mm,  Width: 135mm,  Spine: 16mm
Weight:   199g
ISBN:   9781760983512
ISBN 10:   1760983519
Pages:   216
Publication Date:   27 July 2021
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  English as a second language
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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.

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