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Solace of the Road

by Siobhan Dowd

Solace of the Road
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    Oct 2009, 272 pages
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    Apr 2011, 272 pages

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A bittersweet novel for young adults from one of the UK's most talented writers

Fifteen-year-old Holly Hogan is an abandoned child, a bad girl with a frozen heart and a nail bomb of anger in her head. After years spent living in a group home and negotiating the social services system of England, Holly is placed with a quiet, comfortable, middle-aged couple. Solace is the older, daring and confident teen that Holly becomes when she dons a blonde wig found hidden away in their house.

Fiona, her foster mom, means well but her New Age ideas just seem dumb to Holly. When her foster dad, Ray, catches her smoking in her room and forbids it; when she cannot make a friend at school; but most of all when she learns that Fiona only wants her because she can't have a child of her own, that's it - time to go.

When she puts on the blonde wig, Holly feels transformed into the kind of girl she would like to be. Hitting the road, armed only with a map, a cell phone and an iPod...

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