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The Monster of Her Age

Danielle Binks



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01 August 2021

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

How do you ruin someone's childhood?

Ellie Marsden was born into the legendary Lovinger acting dynasty. Granddaughter of the infamous Lottie Lovinger, as a child Ellie shared the silver screen with Lottie in her one-and-only role playing the child monster in a cult horror movie. The experience left Ellie deeply traumatised and estranged from people she loved.

Now seventeen, Ellie has returned home to Hobart for the first time in years. Lottie is dying and Ellie wants to make peace with her before it's too late.

When a chance encounter with a young film buff leads her to a feminist horror film collective, Ellie meets Riya, a girl who she might be able to show her real self to, and at last comes to understand her family's legacy.

A story of love, loss, family and film - a stirring, insightful novel about letting go of anger and learning to forgive without forgetting. And about embracing the things that scare us, in order to be braver.

'There is an unexpected intersection where family, grief, forgiveness, and horror films meet, and in the lovely center is Danielle Binks' The Monster of Her Age. Realistic, romantic, inclusive, and full of heart, this book belongs on everyone's shelf' TRISH DOLLER 'A family dynasty, a Gothic mansion, and an angry girl - The Monster of Her Age puts a clever, contemporary twist on the Final Girl horror trope. This is a sensitive and compelling story about one girl's struggle to defeat her monsters, escape the past, and find her place in the here and now. I loved it' VIKKI WAKEFIELD 'Horror films, Hollywood scandals and Hobart are just some of the treats on offer in The Monster of Her Age. Come for the razzle dazzle, stay for the moving portrait of a young woman grappling with love, loyalty, betrayal and forgiveness' ERIN GOUGH 'All kinds of wonderful ... a book I so wished existed when I was a film-obsessed teen. All up this is my favourite kind of YA and this book is perfection' JACLYN CRUPI 'A warm hug of a book that's packed to the brim with tenderness, truth, and timeless charm. The Monster of Her Age is as much an homage to film as it is to family and heart-fluttering crushes. A must-read for fans of Nina LaCour.' SARAH ROBINSON-HATCH, The YA Room
By:   Danielle Binks
Imprint:   Lothian
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 206mm,  Width: 141mm,  Spine: 20mm
Weight:   270g
ISBN:   9780734419736
ISBN 10:   0734419732
Pages:   272
Publication Date:   01 August 2021
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  English as a second language
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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.

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