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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?


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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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    August 1, 2007

    Random House Australia Children's

    288 pages

    RRP $18.99

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  • EBook


    July 1, 2012

    Random House Australia

    286 pages

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