Living Voice

Living Voice

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Stephanie Conner is just sixteen when her life changes forever – her mother desperately needs a heart transplant. Can Steph and her friends harness the social power of the internet in time to save her mother’s life?

SKU: 9781925272871 Categories: ,
Author: Karen West
Product ID: 4832

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‘… a story that holds interest, suspense, and reads authentically’

Read a great review from CBCA Reading Time!

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Guest Debbie Weaver left, the author, Karen West Centre and Dr Tina Hinton (right) at the launch of Living Voice.

Guest Debbie Weaver left, the author, Karen West Centre
and Dr Tina Hinton (right) at the launch of Living Voice.

‘If there’s a doubt, I can’t help but worry. It’s life or death. It’s not as simple as the flick of a coin.’

Stephanie dreams of being accepted into art school but questions her talent. She has a major crush on the hottest boy in school and is desperate for him to notice her. But when Steph’s mother unexpectedly gets ill, Steph meets Richard and feels an instant attraction, but he is damaged and finds it difficult to share the events surrounding his brother’s death.

Steph struggles to work through the complexities of life, love and death. She becomes increasingly obsessed with helping her mother before it’s too late. When things spin out of control, she thinks she’s going crazy …

‘If there’s a doubt, I can’t help but worry. It’s life or death. It’s not as simple as the flick of a coin.’

Stephanie dreams of being accepted into art school but questions her talent. She has a major crush on the hottest boy in school and is desperate for him to notice her. But when Steph’s mother unexpectedly gets ill, Steph meets Richard and feels an instant attraction, but he is damaged and finds it difficult to share the events surrounding his brother’s death.

Steph struggles to work through the complexities of life, love and death. She becomes increasingly obsessed with helping her mother before it’s too late. When things spin out of control, she thinks she’s going crazy …

“This narrative is an effective page-turner that personalises and dramatises the important social issue of organ donation, in a very readable, resonant style that will appeal (primarily) to female teenage readers. The romantic subplot is handled confidently and is an added bonus. There’s a neat ending around this relationship that is satisfying, and unexpected.” – Stephen Measday, YA Author

“… it is not only an enjoyable read for teens but particularly educational. [West] was able to help the reader understand the different perspectives of all the characters involved…The creation of a website where people could voice their consent would be amazing and thought-provoking, and would generate much discussion.” – Julie Edwards, Transplant Australia

‘A marvellous emotional read … such a talent … I enjoyed it immensely.’ — Maurice Cooper OAM

About the author:

Based in Sydney, Karen West won the PIP Fellowship (Publishing Introduction Program) through Varuna to further develop this book. She has a background in public speaking, marketing, public relations and website development. She is the author of Living with Arthritis published by ABC Enterprises.

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