Boy Next Door
Subject: Junior Fiction
Thirteen year old Hilary is intrigued by the boy moving in next door. But why is he unpacking the removal van on his own? Where are his parents? Joe looks fierce and secretive; will he turn out to be an obnoxious brat or the best friend she's ever had? Hilary thinks Joe's glamorous mother, Margot, is just about perfect. But why does Margot keep leaving Joe on his own? Since Hilary's own mother died she doesn't reckon kids should let their mothers out of sight.
Boy Next Door is a compelling, luminous story about two exceptional children finding strength and a truth to live with.
CLFNZ Notable Books List 2003