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Maddie in the Middle

Written by Julia Lawrinson


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Maddie Lee is in year six. Her best and oldest friend Katy is busy with school duties and music and scholarship plans, and Maddie feels lost and lonely. Then a new girl starts at school. Maddie wants more than anything to become friends with her. And she does. But Samara’s friendship comes at a high price, with consequences Maddie could never have imagined.


'[Maddie in the Middle] also raises the problems that many teens face – how to fit in, how to be a good friend and how to find independence but also follow the rules. This is a coming-of-age book for tweens and would be a great conversation-starter for parents.' Reading Time

'This is a compelling story of friendship, growing up and family. The characters are all very realistic and the feelings and emotions expressed through the story are very relatable.' Lamont Books

'The writing style is tight, and characterisation strong. Lawrinson positions the reader well to view the narrative from various characters' viewpoints. The story is a believable one and many readers this age, regardless of gender, will be able to identify with Maddie ... This book would make a most suitable read aloud in the primary classroom and will prompt much discussion.' Magpies

'This would make for a fantastic movie. I would even go as far as to say it is the best psychological thriller I have read this year. I can’t wait to read her next book.' Hannah, age 13, Alphabet Soup


Children's Book Council of Australia Notable Book (2020)

West Australian Young Readers' Book Award (Shortlist 2021)

ISBN 9781925815931 (Paperback)
Formats B Format (198 x 130mm) (Paperback)
Categories Children's ebooks
Fiction for Middle Readers
Great Big Book Read Books
Publisher Fremantle Press
Edition 1st
Publication Year 2019
Pages 232
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    Julia Lawrinson

    Julia Lawrinson is an award-winning writer of books for children and young adults. She hails from Perth and, despite leaving school at 15, has a PhD in writing and a Bachelor of Laws with distinction. Julia has worked in a range of organisations, from the arts to parliament to health. She has presented at schools, workshops and conferences across Australia, and in Singapore, Indonesia and the USA, and loves meeting her audience and encouraging reading, learning and curiosity. Her books are about friendship, family and the occasional Jack Russell. She loves the ocean, reading, dog parks and the word serendipity. Read more