Becoming Aurora

Becoming Aurora Tonight we are wolves Our pack moves as one past empty shop fronts and faded billboards Sixteen year old Rory is at a crossroads in her life While her gang plans its next move in a racially motivated

  • Title: Becoming Aurora
  • Author: Elizabeth Kasmer
  • ISBN: 9780702254208
  • Page: 396
  • Format: Paperback
  • Tonight we are wolves Our pack moves as one, past empty shop fronts and faded billboards.Sixteen year old Rory is at a crossroads in her life While her gang plans its next move in a racially motivated turf war, Rory is sentenced to spend her summer at an aged care facility She s proud of taking the rap for a crime her gang committed and reading to a feisty old boxing chTonight we are wolves Our pack moves as one, past empty shop fronts and faded billboards.Sixteen year old Rory is at a crossroads in her life While her gang plans its next move in a racially motivated turf war, Rory is sentenced to spend her summer at an aged care facility She s proud of taking the rap for a crime her gang committed and reading to a feisty old boxing champion isn t going to change that.But what happens when Rory s path intersects with migrant boxer Essam s and she becomes the victim, not the perpetrator Can she find the courage to face her past and become the girl her dad called Aurora

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    1. Unfortunately this book and I aren't going to be best friends.This is largely due to the fact that: I felt there were missing pieces. LIKE 9000 MISSING PIECES. The story felt really choppy and disjointed and I the whole plot of turning Rory from Evil Teen Delinquent into Perfect Angel Of Goodness felt rather like it was being shoved down my throat. But, like, excuse my negativity. There were good things. So I'm making a list. BECAUSE LISTS ARE LIFE.L I K E S: • It features boxing!! I love that [...]

    2. Becoming Aurora by Elizabeth Kasmer, is a coming of age book that explores a young Australian girl’s experiences in a small town. It is a refined piece of writing for a debut novel, offering the reader a reflection on issues current to Australian society and the struggles faced by our younger generation.Rory is the central character of Elizabeth Kasmer’s contemporary young adult novel, Becoming Aurora. Rory is a typical sixteen year old girl, living in an everyday Australian small town. She [...]

    3. How many migrants and born and bred citizens of this country have had the words "Go back to where you came from" roared in their faces by complete strangers? Plenty.Which is what makes "Becoming Aurora" a very timely contemporary Oz YA novel because the horrific event that sets the plot in motion is the desecration of a country town Curry House by a pack of local teens, with those exact words spray painted across the walls in case the message wasn't clear enough from the general destruction.The [...]

    4. What I love about good YA fiction is that the stories remind us of a time in our lives when we struggled with right and wrong, friendships, authority, responsibilities and family, and also because they usually have a positive message; because of this, they are often a joy to read. Elizabeth Kasmer's debut novel Becoming Aurora is just such a novel. The manuscript won the Emerging Author prize at last year's Queensland Literary Awards, and the finished work is polished, engaging, life-affirming a [...]

    5. Becoming Aurora is a beautifully told story of a young girl's journey from a place of hatred and misunderstanding to friendship, acceptance, and choosing to become who she would rather be.Becoming Aurora touches on some timely topics, namely racism and prejudice. But it never feels preachy, because while those topics are addressed it is Aurora (Rory) who lies at the heart of this story. It is her story. It's not a grand, fix-everything kind of story, it instead focuses on one girl. It may be abo [...]

    6. Loved it but there were some gaps that I didn't quite understand how the protagonist got to the position she was in - but I think that was deliberate so am just going with it.

    7. I’m sad to say I'm a little bit on the fence with this book. Don’t get me wrong, on the one hand I’m so very glad that stories like this exist. I’m so glad that publishers, especially Australian publishers, are increasingly willing to take a chance on diverse fiction. Representation is something we desperately need more from in the young adult category. And not just books that are actually about diversity and marginalised or minority groups, but books where positive representation is jus [...]

    8. Becoming Aurora is Elizabeth Kasmer's debut novel. Aurora, better known as Rory, lives in a small Queensland town and is part of a small gang of teenagers. They target businesses owned by immigrants. When we first meet Rory, it's clear she's taken the wrap for something the gang did and now has to do community service. At first she feels proud, she's cheered on by the gang and gets their tattoo, but she starts to form new opinions when she meets two people: Jack Sanford, a retiree, and Essam, an [...]

    9. Loved it loved it loved it. Quietly magnificent. Moving, a bit magical and unequivocally memorable. See why in my full review to come, here: blogomerangbooks/aut

    10. I found this story different and refreshing. Rory (Aurora) is doing community work (ordered by the magistrate 0in an a aged care centre. She has kept company with a gang who is racist. When she reads to a retired boxer and meets Easam from Iran her attitudes shift. She thinks about her actions and her life. She is a feisty character and learns to box to defend herself. There were a few gaps in the narrative flow at time, e.g. it took me awhile to realise Rory was 'doing time'. However, even thes [...]

    11. The thing which keeps drawing me back to YA fiction is its innate propensity to gently address the questions of the time through the medium of the ‘quiet story’. These wonderful stories of ‘real people’ often have the ability to speak to a young audience in profound and lasting ways. It is a style of writing that many Australian authors seems to excel at with writers such as Cath Crowley and Vikki Wakefield leading the way with on the international stage. Elizabeth Kasmer’s debut novel [...]

    12. 'Go back to where you came from'Becoming Aurora addresses a sensitive subject that couldn't be more topical. In her debut novel, Elizabeth Kasmer tackles the ugly underbelly of the 'Lucky Country' in thought-provoking ways. Kasmer's characterisation shines in Rory's interactions with those around her: from her star-crossed love affair with Iranian-born Essam, to the nurturing relationship she develops with father-figure Jack, to her changing friendship with troubled Cam. I enjoyed this relativel [...]

    13. This is an important YA book that would introduce teenage readers to concepts they have probably never considered. Racism can be thoughtless and insidious, when kids just go with the crowd. This book details a girl's journey as she moves past old friendships and chooses her own way forward. The story takes a handful of vastly different characters and binds them together in a gentle and thoughtful way. I'll be putting this book into the hands of my children once they're old enough.

    14. I picked this one up from my library display because it has been long listed for the CBCA Awards. The heroine, Rory, hangs out with a gang, of which she seems to be the only female member. Before the story begins, the gang was responsible for a racist attack on an Indian restaurant and Rory took all responsibility for the attack, which got her a community service order, requiring her to work over the summer holidays at an aged care facility. There, she befriends a former boxer, Jack, who was a t [...]

    15. First of all, I should make the disclaimer that the author of this book is an old friend of mine. To counteract that bias, I have to admit that I have never been a fan of YA fiction. I have enjoyed a few outstanding books, such as 'The Fault in Our Stars' but, for the most part, I find YA books lack depth. So, it was with a mix of trepidation and excitement that I began reading 'Becoming Aurora'. In the end there was no need to fear because I loved it. The pace of this book was fast, suiting the [...]

    16. I had read this book in draft form so was curious about the end product published. It did not disappoint. Really engaging characters that draw you in, made me cry in one part and found myself having trouble putting it down, "just one more chapter." Relevant themes of racism, atonement and community. Wanted more of an ending, what happened to the gang, did Aurora get tattoo removed? Sequel?

    17. This book is like an open heart. It holds up a mirror to Australia and the reflection is one of beauty, generosity and unfortunate division. It's a story about diversity, racism and the dangers of "us vs them" mentality. With beautiful, evocative language, Becoming Aurora shows us the power of human connection and the beauty in unlikely friendships.

    18. Enjoyed this young adult novel. Covered many aspects of life. Redemption, tolerance, racism, forgiveness, empathy, love.

    19. This is Elizabeth Kasmer's first novel - and I have to say I will look forward to more from her - hopefully in the near future. She won the 2015 Queensland Literary Awards in the Emerging Writer Category - a very well deserved win. Becoming Aurora is written for the YA market but can be enjoyed by anyone 10-100 without any doubt. The themes of coming of age, grief and racial prejudice are ones often sought after by schools as related texts as well as by teens who want to understand our multicult [...]

    20. I won this book in a Giveaway. it was and easy read. The book is targetted at YA. It covers issues of racial intolerance, criminal justice, turning your life around, working with elderly, and handling grief. A lo of concepts in such a short novel. Good introduction of these issues in a light and uplifting manner that will engage younger readers and make them think. New and emerging author and an award winning novel.

    21. I loved this book! Reminded me a little of Looking for Alibrandi - coming of age story that leaves you feeling good and full of hope.

    22. A coming of age story that you hope will end well. I enjoyed the growth of the characters and mention of a number of Australian (Queensland) landmarks.

    23. I loved the interaction between Rory and her geriatric friend Jack whom she meets in her stint of community service at the local jursing home. I just wasn't sure why she had joined in the racist vandalism of her gang - or joined the gang at all, she seems to have quite a nice life and no real problem with the 'boaties'. It is perfectly understandable that Rory is attracted to Essam (it's almost Juliet-Romeo-like inevitable), but it's not clear why she acted inside the gang originally, or why she [...]

    24. Great writing but disappointed in two aspects of the book. In the blurb it connects the whole story with Rory finding herself and accepting the death of her dad, but I found that it was mentioned but not spread well throughout the book. More so it focuses on jack and Essam more than her past.This brings me to point two, where I was unsatisfied with the ending. Rory and Essam's relationship is left at an unfinished stage. I would've wished for more to have happened to seal the book at an ending. [...]

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