One Whole and Perfect Day
Freakish, thought Lily; that was the word for her family. Not freaks exactly, but all peculiar in their own way. And Lily had always been the sensible one. Sometimes she wished she could be like the other girls in her year Maybe she should fall in love. What could be less sensible than that?
Fall in love? Ridiculous! But when she saw Daniel Steadman and their eyes caught, only for a second, the tiny encounter gave Lily a strange light woozy feeling inside her head. It made her brain feel funny, like a tablet fizzing, dissolving away inside a water glass
'It's a rare enough thing to find even one truly distinct and fascinating character in a novel, but Judith Clarke has with secret ease created a dozen such in this book, from teenagers to grandparents, magically linked by a dozen different dilemmas, all leading beautifully from one to another and fitting together so endearingly.' - Ursula Dubosarsky
Shortlisted for Queensland Premier's Literary Awards: Best Young Adult Book 2007.
Filled with surprising turns of events and serendipitous encounters with strangers, this book celebrates rekindled friendship and blossoming romance.PW Children's BookshelfReading One Whole and Perfect Dayis akin to watching a talented circus juggler; Judith Clarke keeps so many balls in the air so effortlessly that one forgets how insanely difficult it is to do this ViewpointSprint 2006Most notable is her sharp, poetic prose, with its deadly, amusing accuracy.The Toronto Star
Judith Clarke was born in Sydney and educated at the University of New South Wales and the Australian National University in Canberra. She has worked as a teacher and librarian, and in Adult Education in Victoria and New South Wales. She now lives in Melbourne...A major force in YA fiction both in Australia and internationally, Judith Clarke's novels include the multi-award-winning Wolf on the Fold, as well as Friend of my Heart, Night Train, Starry Nights, and the very popular and funny Al Capsella series. She is unsurpassed in her ability to convey complex emotional states with acute understanding and compassion. Her most recent novel, Kalpana's Dream, was recently named an Honor Book in the prestigious Boston Globe/Horn Book Awards.