Family, Friendship and Home: Read an Extract from How to Grow a Family Tree by Eliza Henry Jones

Family, Friendship and Home: Read an Extract from How to Grow a Family Tree by Eliza Henry Jones

CHAPTER ONE

‘It’ll be like a holiday!’ my mum says, beaming at us with her head vein throbbing.

‘Fairyland Caravan Park?’ My sister, Taylor, looks across the table with such disgust that I almost feel sorry for Mum.

‘It’s the termites!’ Mum says, although we know it’s got nothing to do with termites. Having to sell our home has everything to do with Dad getting laid off and developing a strong attachment to the pokies down at the pub.

Which is why Mum’s telling us the bad news and Dad’s outside hiding somewhere. If he’d been in here, I’m pretty sure Taylor would’ve reached across the kitchen table and ripped out his eyeballs.

‘I’m not going,’ Taylor says. I’ve never met anyone else like Taylor. She’s short, like Dad, and wears her powdery-blonde hair very short. Although she’s got this very sweet, gentle voice, she’s extremely brutal. I spend most of my life walking into things and falling over, and yet Taylor’s still responsible for more of the scars and marks on my body than I am.

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Publisher details

How to Grow a Family Tree
Author
Eliza Henry Jones
Publisher
HarperCollins
Genre
Children’s Fiction
Released
23 March, 2020
ISBN
9781460754955

Synopsis

From the author of P is for Pearl comes a heart-warming book about family, friendship and what home can mean.Stella may only be seventeen, but having read every self-help book she can find means she knows a thing or two about helping people. She sure wasn't expecting to be the one in need of help, though.Thanks to her father's gambling addiction, Stella and her family now find themselves living at Fairyland Caravan Park. And hiding this truth from her friends is hard enough without dealing with another secret. Stella's birth mother has sent her a letter.As Stella deals with the chaos of her family, she must also confront the secrets and past of her 'other' family. But Stella is stronger than she realises.From the author of P is for Pearl comes a heart-warming book about family, friendship and what home can mean.E
Eliza Henry Jones
About the author

Eliza Henry Jones

Eliza was born in Melbourne in 1990. She was a young Writer-in-Residence at the Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers' Centre in 2012 and was a recipient of a Varuna residential fellowship for 2015. She has qualifications in English, psychology and grief, loss and trauma counselling. She is currently completing honours in creative writing - exploring bushfire trauma - and works in community services. She lives in the Dandenong Ranges with her husband and too many animals. In The Quiet was her debut novel.

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