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Lyla: Through my Eyes - Natural Disaster Zones

Lyla: Through my Eyes - Natural Disaster Zones
Written by Fleur Beale
Allen & Unwin  £6.99
ISBN: 978-1760634773

What is it like to live in a city that is falling apart, never knowing when the next earthquake is going to strike? What is it like not being able to contact your family or your close friends, seeing familiar buildings in pieces, forgetting what it means to feel safe?

This is what life becomes for thirteen-year-old Lyla during the series of earthquakes that devastated Christchurch, New Zealand, earlier this decade. In vivid and utterly convincing prose, Fleur Beale transports readers into Lyla's world as she does her best to cope, to help those around her, to hold it together. At the same time, the author skilfully peppers Lyla's story with details which evoke contemporary culture in New Zealand.

This is a cracking good read from a new fiction series for the education market, describing first-hand the experiences of children living in disaster zones. 
Tessa Strickland

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