Wipe Out

Wipe Out

by Mimi Thebo (Author)

Synopsis

A first children's title from a prize-winning poet and author of adult books. A novel exploring a young boy's grief, set against a colourful background of surfing. Eleven-year-old Billy's mother has just died. Billy's father isn't coping too well so Billy goes to stay with his dull Auntie Mary. The death of his mother has taken all the colour away from Billy's world. He sees his Auntie Mary as a grey person, whose dull blue house is shrouded in fog. Billy feels foggy and dull, too, and longs for the colour to return to his life. His mother was a well-known surfer -- Kitten Brown -- and the author has woven into this novel the buzzing vibes of the surfing world. Waves, movement, colour, VW combis, Cornwall, surfing songs -- described through Billy's dreams as he sleeps away his grief. For though Billy's mother is dead, her joyful personality pervades the whole story as Billy, Auntie Mary and Billy's dad all attempt to deal with their grief. The author confronts the themes of loss and change in a most vibrant and original way. Her writing is sensual -- colour, taste, smell, touch and sound all leap from the page. She shows how different people handle loss and change differently, and how they learn to relate to each other in new ways. The author's writing style is simple, sparse yet poetic, reminiscent of David Almond and Berlie Doherty.

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More Information

Format: Hardcover
Pages: 144
Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren’sBooks
Published: 06 Jan 2003

ISBN 10: 0007142765
ISBN 13: 9780007142767
Children’s book age: 9-11 Years

Author Bio
Mimi Thebo is an American of Cajun descent, now living and working in England. A lecturer at Bath Spa University, Mimi is also an author of adult books being published by Allison and Busby. Mimi and her husband have just had their first child, Libby Jo, born on March 29th 2002. They all live aboard the Crinkly Starfish, a narrow boat on the River Avon.