ISBN: 0 7344 0267 8
Book: Title A Kiss in Every Wave
Publisher: Lothian Books
Catergory: Young Adult
Availability: Available in all good bookshops
What would it be like to be trapped in an empty world that seemed to
have no future or end? Where would you go in your mind? p. 104
Jessie's life is never going to be the same; not only will her family inherit all Aunt Jean's furniture and personal effects but Nanny as well. Nanny is Jessie's grandmother and has Alzheimer's Disease. Right from the start there are problems and nanny becomes a confining presence in the house. She even falls for Elijah, Jessie's boyfriend!
When Jessie finds the World War Two love letters, complete with kissing codes, she reads them in secret, feeling she has something private of her own again and grows to love the young woman, Babe, to whom the letters are written. No names are mentioned; the man signs as 'Bud' and when the day comes when Nanny calls Elijah 'Bud', Jessie realises that the beautiful Babe in the old letters is really her grandmother after all.
"It is a great book with a whole gamut of emotions. I laughed, I cried, I
felt despair, I felt longing, I felt hope. It was a very personal
-Carole Carroll, literary booking agent
A Kiss in Every Wave is about relationships
all are portrayed with sensitivity, empathy and deep understanding, but this portrayal is also enriched and lightened by the humour.
"a sensitive, beautifully written story about a family learning to live with the effects that Alzheimer's has"
"this story has been written from the heart. It is a rare story indeed, filled with people who matter, dreams to be shared, troubles to be lightened and hopes to be realised."
- Eleanor Kilpin, Teacher/Librarian
A kiss in every wave
"Rosanne Hawke has built a tender story around the wrenching of family ties adding a little gentle mystery with the old kissing codes “ SWALK, BOLTOP“ that used to ride the flaps of letters between loved ones."
- Katherine England.
"A kiss in every wave explores many worthwhile concepts. It will provide a valuable starting point for discussion or research about ageing and Alzheimer's. It also broaches family relationships, peer group pressure, adolescence, death and our responsibilities to other people. I highly recommend A kiss in every wave."
- Margaret Barrett Lennard, Brookton DHS.
"Jessie and Jacqui's frustrated love is well detailed. The humorous episodes are particularly well done, especially those involving Granny's cat and Jessies' young brother. Most poignant is Jacqui's sense of loss as her mother becomes her child.
This is a novel for thoughtful upper primary/lower secondary readers, especially those who share Jessie's problem. Jessie's developing friendships with new boy Elijah and clever student Rita shows life goes on, even amid familial chaos."
- Helen Purdy from Magpies
"The author's sensitive writing has enabled such issues as family relationships, illness, individual values and friendships to naturally arise. Hawke's presentation and discussion of these issues allows for understanding and appreciation of the decisions made and responses given by all the characters. Hawke draws upon human emotion and experience enabling the reader to relate, on different levels, to occurring events.
Letters are inserted into the written text at various points. This clever device assists in the creation of 'Jessie's world', drawing the reader into the story...It is a warm, heartfelt story. "
- Viewpoint Summer 2001 Vol 9 No 4
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