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Losing It

Losing It

This is a novel about a young girl's journey from anorexia back to health and on towards independence, and about the power of friendship. Johanna's diary entries and letters from hospital offer a dramatic but wry picture of life with anorexia.

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ISBN 9781877361746
Barcode 9781877361746
Published 3 September 2007 by Random House
Format Paperback, New title
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Author(s) By McKay, Sandy

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Full details for this title

ISBN-13 9781877361746
ISBN-10 1877361747
Stock Out of stock
Status Availability and pricing is uncertain (no recent updates from publisher)
Publisher Random House
Imprint Longacre Press
Publication Date 3 September 2007
International Publication Date 16 March 2007
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Paperback, New title
Edition New title
Author(s) By McKay, Sandy
Category Fiction (Child / Teen)
Award Winning
Personal Awareness & Social Issues
Eating Disorders
Body & Health
LIANZA 2008 Finalist Esther Glen Aw (Fiction)
LIANZA 2008 Finalists
Storylines Notable Books Awards 2008
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand & Related
Interest Age Children / Young Adults
Reading Age Children / Young Adults
NBS Text Young Adult Fiction
ONIX Text Primary and secondary/elementary and high school;Children/juvenile
Number of Pages 192
Dimensions Width: 135mm
Height: 199mm
Spine: 17mm
Weight 200g
Dewey Code 823.3
Catalogue Code 18140

Description of this Book

Johanna is in hospital, writing letters to her best friend, Issy: letters because for Johanna, most things that we take for granted have turned into privileges. She can only have visitors, leave her room, or even use the phone, if she starts to eat. Johanna suffers from anorexia, and her condition has reached a point where doctors, nurses, and counsellors have had to find new ways to encourage, bribe, cajole -- or, as she thinks, punish her -- into returning to a normal weight. As Johanna exchanges letters with Issy, and her own family, the novel is also peppered with extracts from Johanna's diary, quotations from the hospital notice boards, poems, and even bathroom graffiti. Johanna offers us wry, insightful portraits of her fellow patients in the ward. Counterbalancing her experience, Issy offers us a picture of a full family, school and social life, a life that Johanna has left behind ! for a while at least. Slowly, we -- and Johanna -- start to unravel the history that brought her to these desperate circumstances.It's the story of a young girl struggling to understand her mother's actions, and taking on too much responsibility because of an adult's inability to cope; it's also the story of how Johanna, through witnessing the worst possible outcome of anorexia, begins to pull herself back to recovery. Sandy McKay tackles a very sober topic with a lightness of touch that neither undermines the gravity of the subject, nor skirts the most difficult truths about the condition. This is a novel about a young girl's journey back to health and on towards independence, and the power of friendship. And it is her best yet. We admire this novel's sanity, its directness and its heartfelt, delicate touch. A landmark novel.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

Awards Winner of Storylines Notable New Zealand Books: Young Adult Fiction 2008 -- Short-listed for LIANZA Children's Book Awards: Esther Glen Medal for Junior Fiction 2008
NZ Review Finalist for 2008 Lianza Children's Book Awards

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Author's Bio

Sandy McKay's first novel, Recycled won the Junior Fiction Award, NZ Post Children's Book Awards in 2002. The sequel Colin goes Bush, and her later books, Who Wants to be a Millionaire?, My Dad, the All Black and Spiders in my Stomach have all been highly praised and listed in the 'Most Notable Books' list. Sandy has held the Writers in Residence at the College of Education in Dunedin and has received writer's grants from Creative New Zealand.

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