I am not Esther
Reprint: 1999, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008
Subject: Young Adult Fiction
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Imagine that your mother tells you she's going away. She is going to leave you with relatives you've never heard of – and they are members of a strict religious cult. Your name is changed, and you are forced to follow the severe set of social standards set by the cult. There is no television, no radio, no newspaper. No mirrors. You must wear long, modest clothes. You don't know where your mother is, and you are beginning to question your own identity.
I am not Esther is a gripping psychological thriller written by popular children's writer, Fleur Beale. In Esther she creates an enthralling and utterly compelling portrait of a teenager going through her worst nightmare.
Fleur Beale is a former teacher who was inspired to write I am not Esther when one of her students was beaten and expelled from his family for going against their religious beliefs. She has published over thirteen novels.
Reviewers Comments ...
'It's impossible to put the book down...a stimulating and absorbing story’ - Well Read, 1998
New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards – 1999 Honour Award
Premier New Zealand Bestseller – Silver Award
Storylines Gaelyn Gordon Award for a Much-loved Book – 2009