|About the Book|
Shortly is a collection of young adult short stories for older teens.Through friendship and strife, illness and disillusionment, love and loss, these teenagers discover their strengths and weaknesses and realise that while nobody is perfect life isMoreShortly is a collection of young adult short stories for older teens.Through friendship and strife, illness and disillusionment, love and loss, these teenagers discover their strengths and weaknesses and realise that while nobody is perfect life is always beautiful and always worthwhile. Shortly, they will be grown, but for now they are just living and loving.Knots:Jude is just your normal high school girl - shes got friends and a little brother wholl soon start in school, himself- she worries about looking good, getting good grades, and staying fit - until something happens that turns her world upside-down.Community Spirit:Feeling lonely, Irene decides to take a walk outside, instead of just trudging round the house in her socks and avoiding doing her homework all day.Riding on Buses:When Torunas sister goes missing suddenly, she has to come to terms with the possibility that she may never see her again.Micky at the Cemetery:Mickys father used to have a gift - he used to be able to help people, people like fourteen-year-old Caleb, from the TV - but ever since her mother died, he hasnt been feeling so great, and he hasnt been helping anyone. Most days, he cant even help himself...Fall:You told me Kontar means only child, though your mother presumably always meant to have more children. You are an only child, but youd rather have been one of many. Youd have felt better loved, then. My own name, Ayaah, means fly swiftly or colourful bird, but Im not: my hair is a plain, dull brown, and I have such bad balance that I am always falling to one side, almost going down, before I catch myself on the nearest object at hand.