Guest review: “The Year It All Ended” by Kirsty Murray

kirsty murray the year it all endedThe Year It All Ended

by Kirsty Murray

Review by Grace, age 11

This fantastic book will have you hooked for hours on end. With a beautiful writing style you will feel like you are really there, standing right next to Tiney Flynn. This book features World War 1, family, peace and relationships.

When Tiney Flynn turns 17 she feels like everything is coming into place. The Great War has ended, her three sisters are falling in love, and her family and friends are coming home from fighting in the Great War. But not everything goes to plan. Disaster strikes when Tiney’s Brother, Louis, fails to return from the War. From that point on, everything is different. Tiney has dreams for her and her family that cannot be fulfilled. Her sisters spread all over Australia and suddenly she feels very alone in a world where she does not belong, desperate to wake up with Louis nearby. Tiney’s life is suddenly turned around with dances, riots in the street of her home town and holidays.

Author Kirsty Murray grew up in Melbourne as the middle child in a family of seven children. She now has six children. She has two grandchildren and lives in Melbourne. Kirsty had done a brilliant job at weaving together history with fictional characters. I would highly recommend this book for ages 11-15 nd rate it 9.5 out of 10.

Due out on 01 September — Allen & Unwin Children — PB — $17

Thanks for the review, Grace! We welcome other contributions from young readers, so get in touch and let us know what you’d like to read and comment on.


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Filed under Australian Women Writers Challenge (AWW), Reviews, Tweens (11-14 years), Young Adult (14+)

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