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An angel brings trouble

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Angel-Creek-CoverReview by Mia Thom,
Byron Bay Public School

Living in her new house, missing her old life, Jelly discovers a fragile ‘otherworldly’ creature that needs protecting. She soon realises you can’t take something from where it belongs and assume it won’t be missed.

Sally Rippin has created a story about growing up, new beginnings and friendship. It’s Christmas Eve and 12-year-old Jelly is missing her old life when she and her cousins decide to explore the creek. There they find an injured mystical creature, an angel. Determined to save it Jelly and her cousins try to nurture it back to health. A myriad of catastrophic events then follow that threaten to alter the fabric of Jelly’s life as she knows it. She finds herself choosing between the angel and her family and that is when the trouble all begins.

Angel Creek is a beautifully written book exploring themes that I could relate to. Sally Rippin was able to capture the emotions and moods of a 12-year-old perfectly. She writes about how important family is and how sometimes good things can come out of any situation no matter how bad. I enjoyed Angel Creek from the start to finish. I loved how she created a unique angel so different from the stereotypical ones. I recommend this to all readers who love a book about rule-breaking, courage, friendship and kindness. You certainly won’t be disappointed.

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