Academic journal article Literacy Learning: The Middle Years

Sandy Feet

Academic journal article Literacy Learning: The Middle Years

Sandy Feet

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Title: Sandy feet

Author: Nikki Buick

Publisher: University of Queensland Press, 2014


Sandy feet by Nikki Buick follows the physical and emotional journey of Hunter, a sullen 16-year-old boy who is forced by his mum to temporarily leave behind his world of school, friends, Facebook and X-box, to tag along on a phony family holiday. The road trip begins in Brisbane and continues north, exploring the luscious array of Australian landscapes that are home to some precarious wildlife and interesting people. From the outset, the happy family facade that Hunter's mum insists will bring this blended family closer together--is challenged by a number of traumatic events that create animosity between Hunter and his family. When the trip couldn't possibly get worse, Hunter reaches a critical juncture, crucial for his healing and self-discovery.

Relationships, divorce, blended families, mental illness, disability and adolescent emotions are some of the prevalent issues that this text explores through the eyes of the main character, Hunter. These confronting and complex issues, coupled with mature language and themes, may be difficult for primary school students to independently comprehend or appropriately process. Therefore, this book would not be recommended for younger age groups, unless it was adapted slightly or modelled by the teacher. …

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