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Chelsea High (Chelsea High Series)

Chelsea High (Chelsea High Series)

Jenny Oliver
Electric Monkey
ISBN: 9781405295048

Chelsea High is an exciting teen story about friendship and belonging interspersed with issues that readers can identify with; bullies, studies, parties and parents. These are difficult enough challenges for most young people but the main character, Norah, has had her life turned upside down by .... (no spoiler alerts here!).

In a twist on the traditional rags to riches story, Norah has to navigate her new life whilst maintaining a connection with her old community. Fitting in at Chelsea High is not easy until she is befriended by the hottest boy in school. Both have a sad back story which continues to impact on their lives and this gives them the chance to help each other find a way through the pain of loss.

Jenny Oliver writes a believable tale rich in detail and emotion. I felt sympathy for the main character and found myself cheer leading Norah to succeed in her audition for the lead in the school play! The contrast between her two lives offers the reader the chance to reflect on the influence of riches and poverty on the different characters. Themes of right and wrong are also addressed along with the development of identity during adolescence.

I would recommend this book to readers in their mid teens and above and imagine that this would make an interesting book club choice with plenty of opportunities for 'what would you do in that situation?' questions.

336 pages / Ages 14+ / Reviewed by Ruth Cornish, school librarian


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