Everybody Jam by Ali Lewis

13 year old Danny narrates the story of his family. Living on a farm, in the Outback in Australia, they are coping with the death of his older brother and the pregnancy of his 14 year old sister. An English backpacker comes to help the family out. She’s useless and knows nothing about living in the Outback. However, somehow she helps Danny cope with all the turbulence in his life.

The book is about death, teen pregnancy, the brutality of life in the Outback and racism; but it is written in good humour and is full of adventure and tenderness. The book challenges both the way grief is dealt with and the basis of racism. Equally, Danny’s struggle to understand the family he loves is fresh and believable. I liked this book a lot -more than I thought I would.

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