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It's true, there's something in the world called love. Esma felt it when she moved into the house with the blue stairs. There was Kara beside her, and Simon below with his room that looked out to the road - two roads actually so you had a choice as you were leaving or arriving, which way to take. But anyway, Esma at the beginning saw only one way. . .
When Esma moves into 22 Starling Street, she knows she's come to the right place. A place to become someone new. A place to belong.
As the seasons change, she finds herself falling deeper and deeper in love. But not in the way she expects. . .
A remarkable new novel about friendship, trust and hope - and what it means to love.
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... It's beautiful and poetic, short but stuffed with little truths and oh! moments. Something in the World Called Love took out this year's Victorian Premier's Award for Young Adult Fiction. So there.

one Howell, author of Notes from the Teenage Underground and Everything Beautiful

Esma's journey is moving and increasingly optimistic ... the story is captivating. Highly recommended.

Reading Time, Journal of Children's Book Council of Australia

I'm giving Something in the World Called Love four stars. It was a beautifully written novel, really the writing style is amazing.

Allie, justlistenbookreviews

... the novel is a beautiful tale about self discovery ... (it) encapsulates one of the most important lessons all young adults go through – figuring out which relationships are healthy and worth maintaining and in the process falling deeper in love with life.

Ebonnie Lord, Sentinel Times

Something in the World Called Love would be a great novella to have in the school library. In the English classroom it could be used to show modern, free, post-structuralist writing that students may be exposed to in tertiary study.

Donna Gardiner, Education Department of WA

A gentle but fiercely incisive writer, she captures the cruel insecurity of youth and the destructive power of emotional manipulation ...

Judges' report, Victorian Premier's Award

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Formats & editions

  • EBook


    September 1, 2008

    Penguin eBooks

    192 pages

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  • Paperback


    September 1, 2008


    192 pages

    RRP $19.95

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