Zenna Dare

Zenna Dare

Zenna Dare is a young adult novel set in Kapunda, South Australia. Imagine discovering a family secret from the past. Would you tell? Second edition published by Rhiza Press July 2014. Shortlisted in the Caleb Award 2015.


About Zenna Dare

Imagine finding an ancient stage photo of a young singer 'Miss Zenna Dare' and wondering if it's your great-great-great-grandmother's face smiling out at you.

About Zenna Dare

Author's reflections - 'Zenna Dare'

For me, Zenna Dare started in the finding of a photo of my grandmother and a postcard of an opera singer. Imagine, I thought, if they were one and the same. And I started plotting the journeys of two women in different centuries: Jenefer and Gweniver...

Author's reflections - 'Zenna Dare'

Discussion Questions

1. Define Reconciliation. Discuss why it is an issue in Australia and in what ways can you see the concept of reconciliation explored throughout the text. Find the characters who found reconciliation with someone else and those who didn't. What are the consequences when there is no reconciliation?

Discussion Questions

Reviews

This accomplished novel parallels a 19th century and a contemporary love story, and canvases racism, reconciliation and the power of forgiveness. Jenefer resents being relocated to her family's ancestral home at Kapunda, but her imagination is caught by a model cottage that houses all the elements of a family mystery, and her heart by Caleb, a poised, perceptive Aboriginal classmate. This richly textured tale of family relationships and changing morality across two centuries is both enthralling and thought-provoking. Katherine England, Advertiser, Sept 14, 2002.

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Take the Zenna Dare trail

Take a 'Zenna Dare' tour of Kapunda, South Australia...

Zenna Dare letter

Dear Tammy, How are you? I would really like to thank you and your family for all your help regarding my research of our family history...

Zenna Dare New Edition Release

The second edition of Zenna Dare will be released on 1st July 2014 by Rhiza Press.

Zenna Dare New Edition Release