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Title:
Wildlife
Author:
Wood, Fiona (Fiona Anna), author.
Edition:
First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Poppy/Little, Brown and Company, 2014.
Physical Description:
385 pages ; 22 cm
Summary:
Two sixteen-year-old girls in Australia come together at an outdoor semester of school, before university--one thinking about boys and growing up, the other about death and grief, but somehow they must help each other to find themselves.
General Note:
"First published in 2013 by Pan Macmillan Australia Pty, Ltd."--Title page verso.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
HL 800 Lexile.
ISBN:
9780316242097
Format :
Book

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During a semester in the wilderness, sixteen year- old Sib expects the tough outdoor education program and the horrors of dorm life, but friendship drama and love that gets complicated? That will take some navigating.
New girl Lou has zero interest in fitting in, or joining in. Still reeling from a loss that occurred almost a year ago, she just wants to be left alone. But as she witnesses a betrayal unfolding around Sib and her best friend Holly, Lou can't help but be drawn back into the land of the living.

In this tender, funny story of first love, good friendship, and going a little bit wild, Fiona Wood introduces two unforgettable girls who discover that before you can be true to yourself, you have to figure out exactly who you are.


Author Notes

Fiona Wood is an author of young adult novels based in Australia. She is a graduate of Melbourne University with a degree in arts. She has worked in marketing, arts management, Freelance journalism and studied screenwriting at RMIT. She has been writing television scripts for more than ten years. Her other interests include serving as a judge for the AWGIE Awards (Australian Writers' Guild) and is an ambassador for The Stella Prize Schools Program.

Her first novel was Six Impossible Things (2010). Her next novel Wildlife(2013) won the Indie Award, Young Adult, and the Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year Award, Older Readers. Her third book, Cloudwish (2015), won the 2016 Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year Award, Older Readers. Wild. Her book, Take Three Girls (2017), won the 2018 Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year Award, Older Readers.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

*Starred Review* In a clever, light spin on Othello, Wood plunks pale, not-quite-pretty 16-year-old Sibylla and her scheming, firecracker frenemey, Holly, in the wilderness for an outdoors-heavy semester at their private school in Australia. In between classes and two-day hikes, Holly capitalizes on (and sometimes wholly orchestrates) Sib's growing popularity and nudges her into dating Ben, who's hot and smart but not quite right for Sib. Meanwhile, Lou, dealing with heartrending grief after the untimely death of her boyfriend, observes from a distance as Holly deviously manipulates Sib's social life. In alternating points of view Lou's lyrical journal entries and Sib's first-person narrative Wood builds a believable story of misguided friendship, betrayal, and empowering growth. Sib reluctantly compromises some of her ideals, thanks to Holly's wheedling, but she admirably reclaims the capacity to stand up for herself. Heartbroken Lou initially shuts out everyone, but she slowly lets down her walls and discovers a reservoir of inner strength. Refreshingly, Wood depicts only positive, validating sexual experiences for both Sib and Lou, in which they each have full agency over their bodies and their choices with their partners. With exceptional candor, honesty, and nuance, Wood tells a heartening and compelling story of the importance of self-confidence and true friendship.--Hunter, Sarah Copyright 2014 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Starred Review. In her first novel published in the U.S., Australian writer Wood eloquently traces the emotional growth of two girls during their high school's required nine-week term of outdoor education. With a new look and new fame due to a recent professional modeling gig, 16-year-old Sib has just had her first kiss, with handsome athlete Ben Capaldio. Meanwhile, new student Lou is bereft after the death of her boyfriend, but she vows to hide her grief while reluctantly preparing to leave home for camp. The two girls are strangers when they become cabinmates, but Lou is drawn into Sib's personal dramas and complicated relationships with three peers: Ben, her new boyfriend; Michael, her oldest friend; and Holly, her manipulative best friend, who has a cruel streak. Sib's and Lou's alternating narratives intimately express their respective losses of innocence and their tenuous attempts to chart new territories in rugged, unfamiliar surroundings. Their voices reverberate with honesty, vulnerability, and deep emotions and will leave a lasting impression on readers. Ages 15--up. Agent: Cheryl Pientka, Jill Grinberg Literary Management. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-This story takes place in the mountains outside Melbourne, Australia. Sib's class is spending a quarter of their 10th grade year at Mount Fairweather, an "outdoor education campus" of their private school. The students go on solo hiking overnight trips, have to follow chore charts, and learn to adapt to shared living spaces. Holly, Sib's best friend and a drama queen, has dominated their relationship since childhood. Sib is likable but not popular, naive but not clueless, smart but not a show-off: Why does she cling to someone this mean and insecure? When Ben Capaldi, a catch, moves in on unsuspecting Sib, she's all aflutter at first. But as she befriends Lou, a defiant newcomer, she realizes that her self-worth is all tied up in what others see and expect of her. Lou, privately battling grief and loss, isn't an easy person to know or to take advantage of; she'd rather be alone. Still, she's self-possessed; when she chooses to speak, it's through a performance ofĂ… the Beatles's "Blackbird" that earns her the audience's hushed silence. Before Fairweather, Lou had another life. Memories of her first times with Fred suggests that puppy love can be the real thing; in fact, Lou and Sib relate losing their virginity with such refreshing candor that Wildlife validates the sexual needs of girls everywhere. The believable characters will win over fans of E. Lockhart's The Disreputable History of Frankie Landua-Banks (Hyperion, 2008).-Georgia Christgau, Middle College High School, Long Island City, NY (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.