Author(s): Desna Wallace
An eleven year olds heartfelt account of life through the Canterbury quakes and shakes of 201011. In the dark of night, with a terrifying rumble and a deafening roar, Maddys world turns upside down! Instead of celebrating her birthday, suddenly words like liquefaction, aftershocks and state of emergency bubble into her vocabulary. As Maddy navigates the bumps and crashes of life after the big quakes, she discovers how strong family can be, and finds friendship in the most unlikely places.
Desna Wallace is a school librarian in Christchurch who is passionate about children's books. After Desna left school she spent a number of years travelling overseas before coming back to New Zealand to raise her family. Desna takes any chance she can to read children's and young adult books. Reading, she believes, is one of the best ways to improve your own writing. Desna has had a number of plays, poems and stories published in the School Journal, but this is her first novel.