Dana @ unravellingtales


I’m into week 4 of a 120 hour placement for the course I’m doing in disability support. I’ve also started working as a support worker at a local community centre – for aged care, not disability. Everyone is nice; I’ve been invited to social events already (although I’m still my awkward self) and it’s been eye-opening so far, although quite confronting. Everyday I see an elderly client, it’s a reminder of how vulnerable we are, and when I hear of ‘difficult’ behaviour from clients at my placement – there’s an explanation for the behaviour (such as reliving trauma).

Echoes of War

In a remote farming village nestled in the mountains that descend into the sparkling Ionian Sea, young and spirited Giulia Tallariti longs for something more. While she loves her home and her lively family, she would much rather follow in her nonna’s footsteps and pursue her dream of becoming a healer.

The Project

It is very intense in both writing and content – as is standard for any Courtney Summers book. It was devastating to read, in the way that the story unfolded. The book alternates between Bea’s point of view in 2013-17 and Lo’s view in 2017-18. Bea was hopeful, naïve and tragic. Lo was angry and driven in her search for the truth.

The Unusual Abduction of Avery Conifer

Shirley and Beth abduct their shared granddaughter, having found signs of neglect and abuse on her body. The major suspect is Daniel – Shirley’s son, who has full custody while Cleo (Beth’s daughter) is currently in prison for supposedly infracting on court orders. Along for the journey to hide away from the police and the media until Cleo is released is Shirley’s mother, Winnie and Beth’s dog.