Romola’s dad is in the Army which means the family moves around a lot. This makes it hard for Romola to make friends and to keep friends. Romola also has issues about making good decisions around the type of friends she makes. She believes it is all her fault and if only she could change and become the new and improved Romola then everyone would like her.
Sebastian’s dad took off years ago. Sebastian’s mum is dating someone new. Sebastian believes his dad is coming back soon. When he finds out that his mum is going to marry the new boyfriend, Sebastian sees red. He decides to find his dad and plot revenge against his mother and her partner.
The above two paragraphs make The Beginner’s Guide to Revenge sound like a heavy, issue-based story.
This is a light, fun, warm-hearted tale about friendship, revenge and standing up for yourself. The backdrop is Canberra and ANZAC Day. It’s a quick, easy read with the moral not too heavily laid on.
Due to be published in August through Random House.
Excellent for mature 10+ readers.
Two friends. One book of revenge. Zero consequences?
As a soldier’s daughter, Romola has changed school five times, always having to make new friends… and now enemies. Meanwhile, Sebastian’s mum is about to make the biggest mistake of their lives, unless Sebastian can find his dad in time to stop her.
Thrown together by chance, these two thirteen-year-olds set out to even the score. But once that big old ball of revenge starts rolling down the hill, there’s not an awful lot they can do to stop it… or is there?
If you found the perfect way to pay someone back, would you do it?