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  • Published: 1 August 2007
  • ISBN: 9781741662405
  • Imprint: Random House Australia Children's
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $18.99

The Rage Of Sheep




A hilarious story about girls, growing up, gossip and . . . God?

A hilarious story about girls, growing up, gossip and . . . God?

I'd grown up being told that if I found myself tempted to behave in an unkind way, I just had to ask myself, 'What would Jesus do?' And then do that. Something hard pinged off the back of my seat and bounced down the aisle. So the question was, what would Jesus do if the Jameson sisters started chucking Jaffas at his head?

It is 1984 and fifteen-year-old Hester Jones is not having a good year. Her best friend has moved away and, even though Natalie and Lynda are allowing her to hang out with them, Hester's struggling to keep up with her cool new friends. Plus, she has the most embarrassing dad in the world, who's never, ever going to let her go to the birthday bash Natalie's planning. Worst of all, her Science teacher's making her work on a project about evolution with that weird Joshua Mason . . .

When everything goes wrong and the world stops making sense, Hester has to decide: is it better to be a sheep, or a goat?

  • Pub date: 1 August 2007
  • ISBN: 9781741662405
  • Imprint: Random House Australia Children's
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $18.99

About the Author

Michelle Cooper

Michelle Cooper is the author of The Rage of Sheep and The Montmaray Journals trilogy. The first Montmaray book, A Brief History of Montmaray, won a NSW Premier's Literary Award and was listed in the American Library Association's 2010 Best Books for Young Adults. Its sequel, The FitzOsbornes in Exile, was shortlisted for the NSW and WA Premier's Literary Awards, named a Children's Book Council Notable Book and listed in Kirkus Best Teen Books of 2011. The FitzOsbornes at War concludes the Montmaray Journals.

Michelle lives in Sydney and is currently working on her next book for teenagers.

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Praise for The Rage Of Sheep

“This is a great read for teenagers, who would fully appreciate the dramas that play out in the classroom and school yard between friends . . . The novel is recommended reading, appealing to the more mature reader, especially for girls.”

Joyce Michaels, Fiction Focus

“Cooper portrays the intricacies and issues of growing up in a multicultural society which does not always accept the myriad of differences and viewpoints. Hester, her friends and classmates are depicted with humour and understanding. Easy to read and fast moving, Cooper depicts school language and situations that most Australian students will readily identify. The language is accessible and colourful. Recommended.”

Reading Time

“Cooper's talent lies in setting up a fairly familiar scenario, and then casually shattering all of her readers' expectations. It's cleverly done, and the 1980s setting adds to the book's charm.”

Ronni Phillips, The Canberra Times


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