Only Ever Always by Penni Russon
Can it be that somewhere we have a double? Someone in another place or another world in whom we recognise ourselves? Claire’s loved uncle is in an accident and in her state of shock the music box he gave her at birth becomes painfully important to her. Clara, living in a dystopian future, finds a broken music box as she frantically hunts for a cure for her beloved housemate, Andrew. Somehow Clara’s chaotic, visually rich land in which she finds herself the half willing prisoner of the Velvet Lady invades Claire’s dreams, and their worlds collide.
A mysterious story of love, grief and identity. I found it odd but compelling. 13+
Kathy Kozlowski is a childrens' book specialist at Readings Carlton.