For Vân Uoc, fantasies fall into two categories: nourishing or pointless. Daydreaming about attending her own art exhibition opening? Nourishing. Daydreaming about Billy Gardiner, star of the rowing team who doesn't even know she's alive? Pointless.
So Vân Uoc tries to stick to her reality--keeping a low profile as the token scholarship student at her prestigious Melbourne private school, managing her mother's PTSD from a traumatic emigration from Vietnam, and admiring Billy from afar. Until she makes a wish that inexplicably--possibly magically--comes true. Billy actually notices her. In fact, he seems to genuinely like her. But as they try to fit each other into their very different lives, Vân Uoc can't help but wonder how someone like Billy could truly fall for her. Is it the magic of first love, or is it magic from a well-timed wish that will eventually, inevitably, come to an end?
In her third novel, Fiona Wood delivers another powerful story of first love and self-discovery, but this time against a background of a refugee crisis and questions of race and diversity that will resonate with many readers.
"About bullying, friendship, first love, family drama and Jane Eyre, there isn't a single person who is or was a teenager who won't be able to identify with this beautiful, powerful new book from Fiona Wood."--Bookseller + Publisher (Australia)
Praise for Cloudwish:
"A strong choice for YA collections."
School Library Jounral
"Besides tracing the excitement and anxiety associated with first love (real or imagined), Woodoffers insight into conflicts emerging from the clash of old and new values, the traumas refugees face, and the struggles of the children of first-generation immigrants. It's an inspiring story with a sympathetic heroine, who will especially appeal to those who feel pressured to follow paths they don't want to travel."
Fiona Wood lives in Melbourne, Australia. Her first novel, Six Impossible Things, was short-listed for the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year (Older Readers). Wildlife, her first novel published in the United States,was named the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year (Older Readers) and was short-listed for various other awards. This year, Cloudwish was also named Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year (Older Readers) and won the Indie Book Award (Australia) for young adult fiction.