Honey, Elizabeth. The Ballad of Cauldron Bay.

Author:MacGregor, Amanda
Position:Brief Article - Children's Review - Book Review

HONEY, Elizabeth. The ballad of Cauldron Bay. Allen & Unwin. 289p. illus, c2004. 1741142555. $7.95. JS *

In this whimsical tale, 13-year-old Australian Henni Octon, along with an amusing bunch of friends and family, heads to a remote cottage in Cauldron Bay for a little getaway. Henni fancies herself a writer and recounts the story of their holiday on Byron, her "new" old computer. Things go swimmingly for the crew at first. They spend their days sleeping late, playing in the ocean, and verbally sparring. Then Tara, a friend of a friend, shows up. The same age as Henni, though you'd never know it to look at her, Tara is everything the usually easygoing Henni can't stand. Tara is obsessed with boys, make-up, and fashion magazines. Worst of all, she seems unable to hold her own in conversation. Henni tries to tolerate Tara, but just can't get over how two-faced she seems. It's only after the girls get marooned together...

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