Excerpt from an article about 'Zenna Dare'
By Katharine England
…With 'Zenna Dare', Hawke has found a relaxed, natural voice and a suppleness of line which allows the reader to take the prose vehicle for granted and simply enjoy the company of a cast of engaging and well-drawn characters as they explore family history and learn more about themselves, the world and each other.
…What Hawke is doing in microcosm in this engaging and thoughtful teenage approach to reconciliation is much the same as Alex miller has done on a larger canvas in his Miles Franklin Award winning 'Journey to the Stone Country'. It is a great shame that through miscalculation or misadventure of one kind or another 'Zenna Dare' was not able to be considered in its comparable youth literature competition, the Children's Book Council of Australia's Book of the Year Awards.
Read the full article in Viewpoint 11 (3) Spring 2003 p.38-39
A review from Katharine England
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.
What others are saying:
Zenna Dare is an accomplished study of reconciliation across generations.
So who is Zenna Dare? Read the novel for yourself. You won't be disappointed.