The Scent of Apples
Libby has a idyllic life on an apple orchard and is close to her grandfather, a cider maker. When he dies in a freak accident, Libby is devastated. She finds it difficult to talk to her parents about her feelings as her mother seems cold and her father says little. Grieving, angry, and feeling distant from her parents who are struggling with their own relationship, she begins compulsively pulling her hair out. To get away from the unhappiness, Libby unwillingly goes to boarding school. There, she befriends Charlie, and goes to stay with her family, which is warm, friendly and fun. While there, Libby enjoys being part of all the outdoor adventures and gains new perspectives on herself and her parents.
Jacquie McRae (Tainui) was a finalist in the Pikihuia Awards for Maori Writers 2009 and was one of six authors selected in 2010 for Te Papa Tupu, a mentoring programme for Maori writers.