ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Set in Hobart in a slightly divergent contemporary time, where the nascent Australian film industry of the early 20th century survived the incursions of Hollywood and went on to equal it, this tells of 17yo Ellie Marsden, granddaughter of the most famous Australian actress in history, Lottie Lovinger. Her family is film royalty, and Ellie herself is famous - or infamous - for the only role she played, opposite Lottie, in a cult horror film six years earlier. It was a traumatic experience for Ellie, and she still harbours deep resentment and anger towards her family. But when she learns Lottie is in a coma she returns to the family home unable to believe that Lottie is dying before explanations and apologies are made. Then she meets a young feminist film buff, Riya, who not only helps her gain perspective and acceptance of the past, but also allows her to blossom in a sweet romance, and finally feel she has found a place to be her true self… An inclusive and engaging tale. Lindy
Danielle Binks is a writer, reviewer, agent and book blogger who lives on the Mornington Peninsula. In 2017, she edited and contributed to Begin, End, Begin, an anthology of new Australian young adult writing inspired by the #LoveOzYA movement, which won the ABIA Book of the Year for Older Children (Ages 13+) and was shortlisted in the 2018 Gold Inky Awards. The Year the Maps Changed, Danielle's debut middle-grade novel, was a CBCA Notable Book for Younger Readers 2021, longlisted for the ABIA Book of the Year Award for Younger Children 2021, shortlisted for the Readings Children's Book Prize 2021 and longlisted for the Indie Book Awards 2021. The Monster of Her Age is Danielle's debut YA novel.