The Ava Show
Cecily Anne Paterson
15 Sep. 2021
Paperback / softback
Ava's been training hard for an awesome athletics season, and is looking forward to celebrating her 12th birthday. Life's great--and Chloe the dog is having puppies! Even if Mum gets annoyed at Ava's lack of organisation, Ava can always rely on her best friend Josie and her sister Maddie to pick up after her.
But when the pandemic hits, everything's cancelled. There's no school, no birthday, no athletics, no toilet paper and definitely no Josie to rely on. When a puppy goes missing, it's Ava's fault. Can she mend her irresponsible ways in time?
InformationBook Type: Junior Chapter
Age Group: 9 to 13 years
Traffic Lights: Green
Class Novel: Yes
Good Reads Rating: 4.5/5
Literary Rating: 4.5/5
Ava's world is made up of three things: her family, her friends and athletics. Oh, and not to mention her 12th birthday, which she and her best friend Josie will be spending at the high ropes course. They're finally old enough to climb to the highest level and Ava can't wait.
She's way too busy having fun to remember things like homework and boring stuff like where she put her shoes. Or when her homework is due. Besides, her family and Josie are always going to be there to help her. Right?
But soon, everything changes. A virus makes its way to Australia. People are getting sick. People are dying. Josie's mum won't let her come to school. Athletics is cancelled. The borders are closed and Ava's grandfather is trapped on a cruise ship, unable to come home.
And then the government makes the decision to send the whole country into lockdown, forcing everyone, including Ava and her family, to stay home.
Very quickly, Ava discovers how disorganised she really is. Without Josie and her teachers, managing her own schoolwork from home turns out to be a lot harder than she thought. She tries to be improve herself and help her family more, but just as she's getting the hang of her new responsibilities and new way of living, she makes a mistake that could throw everything into jeopardy ...
family, friendship, responsibility, coming-of-age
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