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I have been reading Adele Broadbent's books for 10 years now and am so impressed with her sixth novel, If Only.
The Hawke's Bay author's writing just gets better and better. The characters in her latest novel and the way she intertwines the story with an excellent environmental organisation is brilliant.
Linda Hall - NZ Herald
This beautifully honest and perfectly captured teenage experience touches all the elements of a sensitive and complex time, offering insight and understanding for us all.
Dave Tucker - Librarian
If Only will make a great 'stepping stone' for older readers moving away from middle-grade fiction and into the often darker world of young adult.
NZ Booklovers - Rebekah Lyell
'There was a welcome bit of Mahy in this character, (Martha Mischefski) a bit of the uncanny, something like one of the witches from The Changeover.'
'I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I'd recommend it to kids of all ages - I'd say 10+'
Sarah Forster - The Sapling - NZ Book Council
'I struggled to put this book down because I couldn't predict what would happen next and I really enjoyed it. I give this book 10/10'
Sofia - Age 10
'An intriguing, humourous, believable (and sometimes sad) story...'
Tomorrow's Schools Today NZ - Weekly News & Resources in Education
"...intriguing secrets to be discovered in this enthralling mystery story set in the bush."
Wellington Family Times
"My inner 12-year-old girl kept my poor 41-yr-old body up until 3am reading this, desperate to discover what would happen.'
Johanna Knox - 'Your Weekend' magazine-Dominion Post
'World's Top 50 Children's Books List' - NZ Listener 2014
Storylines Notable Book of the Year 2015
Finalist - LIANZA Awards 2015
"Fast-paced, with an intriguing plot and good characterisation, 'Trouble in Time' serves to entertain..."
"It also deals with peer pressure, making the right decisions and standing up for yourself, as well as being a good friend."
"...interlaced with wry humour, strong dialogue and an amusing premise and plot. An enjoyable read indeed."
Angela Oliver - NZ Booksellers Assn