'For Vân Uoc Phan, fantasies fell into two categories: nourishing, or pointless. Daydreaming about Billy Gardiner, for example? Pointless. It always left her feeling sick, as though she'd eaten too much sugar.
'Vân Uoc doesn't believe in fairies, zombies, vampires, Father Christmas - or magic wishes. She believes in keeping a low profile: real life will start when school finishes.
'But when she attracts the attention of Billy Gardiner, she finds herself in an unwelcome spotlight.
'Not even Jane Eyre can help her now.
'Wishes were not a thing.
'They were not.
'Wishes were a thing.
'Wishes that came true were sometimes a thing.
'Wishes that came true because of magic were not a thing!
Wildlife2013single work novel young adult 'Life? It's simple: be true to yourself.
The tricky part is finding out exactly who you are...
"In the holidays before the dreaded term at Crowthorne Grammar's outdoor education camp two things out of the ordinary happened.
A picture of me was plastered all over a twenty-metre billboard.
And I kissed Ben Capaldi."
Boarding for a term in the wilderness, sixteen-year-old Sibylla expects the gruesome outdoor education program - but friendship complications, and love that goes wrong? They're extra-curricula.
Enter Lou from Six Impossible Things - the reluctant new girl for this term in the great outdoors. Fragile behind an implacable mask, she is grieving a death that occurred almost a year ago. Despite herself, Lou becomes intrigued by the unfolding drama between her housemates Sibylla and Holly, and has to decide whether to end her self-imposed detachment and join the fray.
And as Sibylla confronts a tangle of betrayal, she needs to renegotiate everything she thought she knew about surviving in the wild.
A story about first love, friendship and NOT fitting in.' (Publisher's blurb)
Six Impossible Things2010single work novel young adult A touching, funny, emotionally honest story of first love with a fairy-tale upbeat (it's the boy's version of the Cinderella story); the revenge of the nerds; accepting your parents; the transformation of an ugly duckling; and discovering that the girl next door may just have a few problems of her own (Libraries Australia).