By: Rosanne Hawke
Genre: YFB - General fiction (Children's/Teenage)
Published by: Rhiza Press
Published: 01 Aug 2017
ISBN: 9781925139907


Sixteen-year-old Liana Bedford lives in constant fear. Political tensions in Pakistan are rising and terrorist attacks are becoming an everyday norm. As a Pakistani-Australian, she could be the next target. When her school friends are taken hostage by terrorists, Liana's world disappears overnight.


Set in Pakistan, amongst the political and social unrest and violence that is taking place, we are taken with Liana on a journey of finding your voice and making a difference.

Liana’s Mother is from Pakistan and her father is an Australian. They live in Pakistan where Liana attends boarding school, and even though they are sheltered at school from the horrors that are occurring around them, a trip to the local bazaar where a bombing takes place really unsettles Liana.

We are introduced early in the story to Mikal Kimberley, a young Australian music teacher who starts work at Liana’s school. He is on a mission to find out the truth about his own family.

When matters escalate and the students must evacuate their school, Liana finds herself with Mr Kimberley in a dangerous situation that will take all of their wit and determination to get out of. They then soon realise that many of the other students are being held hostage and time is running out to save them. But can the two of them manage to evade capture and save the others while they are at it?

This is a compelling look at life in the Pakistan, during a time of conflict. But is it also a story of friendship, love, family and hope and will be enjoyed particularly by girls 14 +.

Reviewed by Sam