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Author:  Kate Gordon

THYLA is a story of Tasmania: of darkness, of convicts, of devils and tigers, and of promises that stay true through the centuries. It is the story of what happened to Cat, and what Tessa really is.

My name is Tessa. I am strong. I am brave. I do not cry. These are the only things I know for certain.

I was found in the bush, ragged as a wild thing. I have no memory - not even of how I got the long, striping slashes across my back. They make me frightened of what I might remember.

The policewoman, Connolly, found me a place in a boarding school and told me about her daughter, Cat, who went missing in the bush.

I think there is a connection between Cat, me, and the strange things going on at this school. If I can learn Cat's story, I might discover my own - and stop it happening again.

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Sep 10,2014

This is definitely the best book I have ever read in my whole life!!! I have never read a book in this style. Kate Gorden has put so much emotion, life,understanding, kindness and feeling into this book. I had the choice to choose any book and this one stood out to me and as soon as I started reading I couldn't stop. I'm not a book worm but still this book gets you so hooked.

Mar 20,2014

by Kate Gordon.

"My name is Tessa. I am strong. I am brave. I do not cry. These are the only things I know for certain."

Thyla is a great book that opens up the readers mind to a whole new possibility. Half human, half creature of the wild, Tessa is a whole new type of different. Tessa is able to transform between a wild beast that that can be tamed and understood and a middle aged teen at high school who can't remember her own identity.

Your probably wondering who this so called Tessa really is. Well, as the small extract from the book (top of the page) suggests she is a young girl who has no recollection of who or what she is. Tessa is both a creature from the past and future and yet she is present in the now.

One of the other main characters is Connoly. Connoly is the adoptive parent of Tessa and knows when to keep her distance, she is compasstionate about Tessa and loves her very much. As we learn more abot Tessas and Connoly's relationship we uncover a secret that will lead Tessa to discover who she is, was and what she did that made her how she is today.As the story progresses we learn to love and understand the characters as if we were family.
It is fantastically written, well thought out and has an amazing story. It is definitely
something I would recommend to all my friends. However it is not for all ages as there are some violent scenes and complex messages that will either make or lower the enjoyment level of the read. I would recommend Thyla to a 12-17 year old.

I really hope you enjoyed my book review on Thyla by Kate Gordon!

by Erin

Jul 15,2011

When you place a girl, who only days earlier was found wild and battered in the bush, a girl who doesn't even know what waffles are and who is irrationally afraid of the television, amongst a group of spoiled and stuck up daughters of the wealthy in an exclusive all girls boarding school, is it really any wonder that she doesn't quite fit in?

The world has changed, what Tessa remembers does not match what is before her. How is it she is able to remember names and dates from the past but nothing from the present? But it is more then just facts she is remembering, it is memories of a life lived long ago. But what has any of that to do with where she came from and how she came to be alone in the bush with such injuries?

Thyla is about a girl desperate to remember who she is, but the more she remembers the harder she is finding it to not believe she is crazy. On the surface this is a mystery filled with lost memories, dark secrets, heartbreak and loss; a tale of Tasmania's unique fauna, Australia's convict history and the supernatural. But at its core this is the story of Tessa, a girl who is discovering her identity, forming friendships and falling in love. Definitely one to read.



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