Elisabeth’s hand trembled as she lifted the jar of warm liquid. She took a deep breath and poured it over the plastic tester. Then, the blue lines appeared. Elisabeth stared at the tester and knew that now she had to make a choice.
Libby or Beth. Pregnant or not. Elizabeth has to make the choice of her life. Seventeen and pregnant: does she sacrifice her dreams for a baby, or do something she’s not sure she can live with? Under pressure from her parents, she’s juggling a boyfriend she’s not sure she can trust, a best friend she keeps pushing away and her own indecision. Something’s got to give. It’s the hardest year she’s ever faced — what choice will she make?
‘Young adult fiction that manages to deal with a sensitive issue yet doesn’t thrust too much teenage anguish upon us … A story about change, agency and responsibility, with a pleasant mix of stylistic neatness and thematic uncertainty.’
— Sydney Morning Herald
‘This novel is written in a manner that is both honest and touching, as it does not attempt to give a fairy-tale ending and is extremely realistic.’
— Courier Mail
‘Wolfer paints both scenarios so convincingly that this book begs re-reading and discussion. For teenage boys and girls it should be compulsory reading.’
— The West Australian
‘… Dianne Wolfer has given honest, non-judgemental pictures ofthe consequences of two different courses of action.’
‘Wolfer writes with compassion and honesty, allowing the characters to tell their own story.’ — Reading Matters
is author of fourteen books for teenagers and younger readers. Her latest title Light Horse Boy follows the journey of a young soldier who sails with his horse from Melbourne with the 1st AIF in 1914. The book follows Jim’s journey to Egypt, Gallipoli and through iconic battles of WW1’s Desert Campaign. Light Horse Boy can be read as a companion novel to Dianne’s previous title, Lighthouse Girl. Lighthouse Girl was shortlisted for the 2009 NSW Premier’s History Awards and the WA Premier’s Awards. It won the children’s choice, 2010 West Australian Young Readers Book Awards and is an ASLA recommended reading text for the National History Curriculum. Lighthouse Girl is based on the true story of Fay Howe, daughter of the Breaksea Island lighthouse keeper, who relayed messages for the departing ANZAC troops. Dianne enjoys combining her love of history with writing fiction. Her picture book, Photographs in the Mud (also a recommended History Curriculum text) was inspired by a research trip along the Kokoda Track. It was recently published in Japanese and is used as a reference for international workshops promoting peaceful ‘discourse analysis’. Dianne is an active member of writing groups, including the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and served for six years as their WA Advisor. Dianne loves travelling and has spent much of her life overseas. She lives on the south coast of WA.
# Short listed, Family Therapists’ Award for Children’s Literature, 2001
# Short listed, West Australian Young Readers’ Award, 2002