Fifteen-year-old Tilly, Fran, Marlee and Pink are surfer girls.
They have been meeting for the first surf of the season every year since they first met at the surf school run by Tilly’s dad, Phil, when they were eight.
Phil has big plans for the surf school this year, but when he is injured in a hit-and-run accident, everything suddenly seems uncertain.
While Phil languishes in hospital and the police track his attacker, Tilly is determined to realise his plans and keep the surf school open. To do this, she needs all the help she can get from her friends.
But Marlee is training for the surfing competition to win a new board and beat the moody Kyle, Pink is warring with her parents and intrigued by the stranger Kim, and Fran is busy making jewellery.
Laurine Croasdale has published three fiction titles for UQP (Trivia Man, Red Golf Balls, What Truly Counts), and a range of non-fiction titles (including two for Macmillan Education).
She was also a writer on Hi 5 for Channel 9. She reviews books regularly on radio, and spent five years reviewing children’s and adults’ titles on Angela Catterns’ breakfast show on ABC radio.
Laurine had the idea for Surf School many years ago but felt that its popularity had not yet reached its peak.
The story weaves together her childhood on the northern beaches with her daughter’s experiences growing up today.
Winter swells are rolling into Diamond Beach. But surfer girls Fran, Pink, Marlee and Tilly are still consumed by all things surfing.
Fran and Pink are collaborating on a surf label, and there’s news of a major surfing contest at treacherous Shipwreck Beach — a chance for Marlee and Tilly to dazzle on the world stage.
But parents and boyfriends are distracting the girls from their big plans.
Pink’s mother Christie is determined to control her spirited daughter; Marlee tells Kyle she has to concentrate on her surfing; and Jamie still can’t see that Tilly is anything more than just a friend.
The absorbing, dramatic sequel to Surf School.
I also got Zan-Gah: A Prehistoric Adventure, and Zan-Gah and the Beautiful Country, by Allan Richard Shickman, but couldn't find pics to show you the covers.
I see a lot of bloggers got these books too, and I'd love to hear what they've got to say about them.