Josephine Alibrandi is 17 and in her final year of school. Dealing with her mum and the ways of her Nonna are daunting enough as she prepares for her exams. But Josie is about to discover real life gets in the way of her carefully-made plans.
"An old favourite"
Growing up in Brisbane in the 1970s and 80s, Zoë Boccabella knew if you wanted to fit in, you did not bottle tomatoes, have plastic on the hallway carpet or a glory box of Italian linens. Though she tried to be like 'everyone else', refusing to learn Italian and even dyeing her dark hair blonde, Zoë couldn't shake the unsettling sense of feeling 'half-and-half' - half Australian, mezza italiana - unable to fit fully into either culture, or merge the two.
Lock the windows! Turn off the lights! Be prepared to shiver and shake when you listen to Really Scary Stories for Brave Children. Contains six scary, frightening and bloodcurdling stories by a selection of great Australian authors, including: 'The Room of Light' by Andrew Lansdown, 'Mel' by Sophie Masson, 'Sleeping Over at Lola's' by Gary Crew, 'Ribs' by Alison Stewart, 'Somebody Lives in the Nobody House' by Ruth Park and 'Sunset Crescent' by Victor Kelleher.