The Boy in the Olive Grove

Author(s): Fleur Beale

Children's fiction

The past lives of Bess Gray catch up with her in this passionate YA story by a NZ Post Children's Book Award-winner. On the night of her 17th birthday Bess Grey sees images of a witch-burning unfold in front of her as if in a movie. She also sees images of lovers from a different time and she's sure the girl is herself. When she meets Nick she recognises him as the boy. There's an immediate connection. However when her father nearly dies from a heart attack there's no time to brood as Bess tries to save her father's business. She falls in love with Nick but her difficult mother interferes, forcing Bess to make the hardest decision of her life. She must decide whether to lose her mother or the boy she loves.

Fleur Beale, winner of the 2012 Margaret Mahy Medal, weaves Bess' mysterious past lives into her very realistic current-day life. The result is a beautifully told love story.


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Fleur Beale is the author of many award-winning books - she has now had more than 30 books published in New Zealand, as well as being published in the US and England. Fleur won the 2007 Storylines Gaelyn Gordon Award for a Much-Loved Book with Slide the Corner and the Esther Glen Award for Juno of Taris in the 2009 LIANZA Children's Book Awards. Fierce September won the YA category in the 2011 NZ Post Children's Book Awards and the LIANZA YA Award in 2011. In 2012 she won the Margaret Mahy Medal for her outstanding contribution to children's writing.

General Fields

  • : 9781869799861
  • : Random House New Zealand Ltd
  • : Random House New Zealand Ltd
  • : 0.27
  • : July 2012
  • : 198x128mm
  • : New Zealand
  • : September 2012
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Fleur Beale
  • : Paperback
  • : 272