- By Lizzie Wilcock


  • Title: Thirst
  • Author: Lizzie Wilcock
  • ISBN: 9781742839660
  • Page: 322
  • Format: None
  • Thirst Karanda Hooke doesn t need anybody or anything On her way to her sixth foster home a crash leaves her stranded in the outback with only a backpack a bottle of water and a stained picture of the moth

    Karanda Hooke doesn t need anybody or anything On her way to her sixth foster home, a crash leaves her stranded in the outback with only a backpack, a bottle of water and a stained picture of the mother she hasn t seen in years.This is her chance to escape her old life.There s only one thing in her way eight year old Solomon.

    1 thought on “Thirst

    1. Well, that was a ridiculous story with a splash of ludicrous wrapped up in a feels-good cupcake wrapper with unlikable sprinkles. I had a few problems with it, okay?! Mostly realism. I won't lie: I'm in love with a good dash of realism. I like books that make SENSE. Unfortunately Thirst doesn't make sense because a) it's completely implausible, and b) everyone's motives were so hollow. But let's break it down, shall we?The basic premise is a 14-year-old with a bad attitude, Karanda, decides to r [...]

    2. Thirst was a unique mixture of contemporary, coming of age and survival in the Australia outback. The storyline follows Karanda, angry, volatile and now having caused the accident that has left her and Solomon stranded, believes she's a wanted girl. Solomon barely speaks, his quiet intelligence and observations can be thanked for keeping the two children alive. All Karanda wants to do is escape another foster home, and tries several times to walk away from Solomon, happy to leave the eight year [...]

    3. I enjoyed this book. Easy to read,though at times it was emotive. Deals with death and abandonment of kids, foster care and the nasty side of the system - not too graphic as it is aimed at younger readers. It would really open some eyes to what it is like for some children and hard i can be too fit in and make friends. Also deals with consequences of actions and forgiveness. Ultimately a book of strength and courage and discovering how to love again. Set against an really interesting backdrop of [...]

    4. Really enjoyed this story about two foster children trying to survive in the Australian outback. The plot was engaging and moved along at a good pace. The characters were very real. Karanda's character was great - Raw, tough and unlikeable on the outside, with the softer, more likeable,characteristics of her personality building up and shining through once she developed a little more acceptance of her self and a new friend. This book reminds us of what it means to be human. To thrive we need foo [...]

    5. Fantastic from beginning to end - Karanda and Solomon are sufficiently complex to be compelling and the third character - the Australian desert - is magical and terrifying in equal measures. A must read for Yr 8s. Potential text to study.

    6. Teenager Karanda and eight year old Solomon have exhausted the supply of foster homes in the town they currently live and are travelling with their carer Paul, just before Christmas, to new foster homes in Alice Springs.Karanda wants to listen to some pop music on the radio and is messing around with the channels, while Paul doesn't want the music on at all. In the altercation Paul loses control of the car and hits a tree. When Karanda come round she finds Paul has been killed in the accident. S [...]

    7. *Inhalt*"Auf dem Weg zu ihrer sechsten Pflegefamilie überlebt die 14-jährige Karanda einen Autounfall und findet sich mitten in der australischen Wüste wieder. Ein Rucksack, eine Flasche Wasser und ein verblichenes Foto ihrer Mutter sind alles, was ihr bleibt. Karanda wittert ihre Chance. Endlich kann sie ihr Leben selbst bestimmen. Wäre da nicht der acht Jahre alte Solomon, der mit im Auto saß. Karanda kann ihn nicht im Stich lassen. Und so kämpfen die beiden ums Überleben. Sie sind verl [...]

    8. I find it harder to critique books for middle readers than for picture books or young adult. I'm not as familiar with the age group and the young adults that pull me in as an adult aren't really suited for younger readers. That said, I'd recommend this book to middle readers. I'd be interested to hear what they had to say. The story starts with a drive to Alice Springs, Paul is driving Karanda and Solomon to new foster homes. An accident leaves the two children in the outback hiding out. There a [...]

    9. Erster Satz:"Karanda blickte aus dem Fenster.Meine Meinung zum Buch:Das Buch habe ich in der Vorschau gesehen und war sofort von Titel und Klappentext angetan, sodass ich nicht lange nachdenken musste, um zu wissen, dass ich das Buch unbedingt lesen muss. Die Grundidee ist wirklich toll, die Umsetzung lässt allerdings zu wünschen übrig. Obwohl Karanda und Solomon es in der Wüste alles andere als leicht haben, konnte ich so gar keine Verbindung zu den beiden aufbauen. Mir lief alles einfach v [...]

    10. This is a wonderful read and would raise much discussion concerning such issues as: foster children, youth crime, Australian environment, desert survival, indigenous children

    11. This review has been crossposted from my blog at The Cosy Dragon . Please head there for more in-depth reviews by me, which appear on a timely schedule.Karanda has passed through 5 foster homes, and it's not exactly clear why. But the thing is, her behaviour has been getting worse over time. She's snarky and completely wary of people - so when she gets the desert all to herself, it seems like the best thing for her. Sol is used to being abandoned - in fact, if you were to count foster homes, he' [...]

    12. Thirst is an Australian survival story, dealing with two run-aways from the foster system. Based in the Outback in the Northern Territory, the book looks at ideas of surviving in the desert with only the shirts on the kid’s backs, and a first aid kit.The book is very easy to read, and seems to follow a logical series of events, it explores the desert and what it might be to survive in the Australian Outback, assuming of course that one had some sense of bush tucker, and had the luck to stumble [...]

    13. Thirst by Lizzie Wilcock is a survival story, however it was pushing the boundaries of realism. Two foster children are involved in a car crash in the Australian desert and have to learn to survive by themselves. It was a very predictable narrative and a little too contrived. The text was a little boring and did not move quickly. I was looking at this book for a year 7 class novel, however it does not hold realistic cliffhangers and it seemed as if the author had a list of Australian animals, pl [...]

    14. Thirst started with explosive promise. The plot promise of a foster kid gone rouge and wondering reeled me in however after stumbling through the desert with Karanda and her uninvited sidekick, Solomon, I too became a little disorientated and off track with the story. Whilst I enjoyed the reference to desert survival and my knowledge of bush tucker was enhanced somewhat, the way this information was imparted felt a little forced and implausible at times. The outback setting was the magnet that k [...]

    15. This is probably a 3.5 star book for me. It tells the story of two young foster children involved in a car accident (which kills the driver) and how they survive in the middle of the desert. So many terrible things happen to Solomon and Karanda in the desert it just didn't feel very realistic to me.

    16. I absolutely loved this book! It is very descriptive and really sets the scene of the Australian Outback. I wouldn't have read any other book the day I got it! There are some many surprising twists and turns throughout the book, with some not so great endings and some fantastic ones. It ends on a fantastic cliff hanger!

    17. I read this in one sitting, loved the survival aspect of the story and the snappy dialogue from Karanda was a hoot. Poignant look at foster care as well.

    18. I loved this book. Simple story, but so touching. About the lessons that dance learnt. About surviving, about hope. About life.

    19. Thirst, was pretty cool there were cool things they did to survive and the backstories that came through were good as well!

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