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Dress Rehearsal

Written by Zoe Thurner


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Lara Pearlman has an appetite for life. She loves acting, vintage clothes and her best friend Oggy. She flirts with Nathan but really likes Blake. She devours muffins with cream and chocolates by the box. Lara’s mum says big girls shouldn’t eat cream, but if rules are made to be broken then Lara’s the girl to do it.

‘… written in a friendly, chatty, humourous style … This is an enjoyable book to read. Thurner’s style of writing in appealing and Lara is a likeable character.’ Reading Time

‘This story is written in a distinctive and engaging style and is to be thoroughly recommended to Young Adult readers. This Zoe Thurner’s first novel and I can’t wait to read her next book!’ Buzz Words

‘This is a gritty novel, filled with real characters, and believable conflict.’ Books+Publishing

‘I know Lara Pearlman, I’ve met her many times … This is a good story, written well.’ The West Australian

‘With its distinctive and engaging narrative voice, Dress Rehearsal is low on angst, but full of emotion.’ Maitland Mercury

‘Lara Pearlman is a larger-than-life Year 12 student whose relationships with her best friends, Nathan and petite Oggy, change during the development of their drama production.’ The Australian

‘The characters are refreshingly real … a provocative novel for young adult readers.’ IC3 The Professional Journal of the WA School Library Association & AISWA Libraries

‘Thurner writes with ease and creates a lovely rhythm …’ Magpies

ISBN 9781921696671 (Paperback)
Formats B Format (198 x 130mm) (Paperback)
Categories ebooks
Young Adult
Pages 320
Publication Year 2011
Edition 1st
Publisher Fremantle Press
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    Zoe Thurner

    Zoe Thurner lives and works in Western Australia. She has worked as a teacher of high school drama, written several play scripts for youth theatre, professional development and primary arts, and was commissioned by Greening Australia WA to write scripts for their primary school education package ‘Envirokids’. Read more