The Listmaker by Robin Klein
I originally read The Listmaker when it came out 19 years ago. I was 12 years old and I loved it then, so I was keen to re-read it when I heard it was being reprinted. It seems that being a 31-year-old woman hasn’t changed my taste in children’s books!
Sarah Radcliffe’s life is pretty dull. She boards at her school during term and lives with her two aunts on school holidays, barely ever getting to see her busy dad. But this is the last summer she’ll live with her aunts as Sarah is moving to the city with her father and glamorous step-mother-to-be, and her life is going to change for the better. But maybe this last summer with the aunts will make Sarah realise that her life isn’t really that bad.
Robin Klein’s book has not aged one bit. The issues involving family, school, and self-doubt are still relevant and faced by kids today, and I’m pleased to say that I can still highly recommend The Listmaker 19 years on! Brilliant for Ages 10 and up.
Katherine Dretzke is a bookseller at Readings Hawthorn.