Just Remember

How do you put everything back together, when everything you love falls apart?

When Em Rogers’ gets her first after-school detention, life changes forever. If she’d known what would happen next, she would never have talked in class.  After losing friends, confidence and hope, Em moves north to live with Nan. Guilty and grieving, Em keeps to herself, hoping Mum, who’s heartbroken, will visit soon.

When Em finds a special stone, everything changes. She makes friends with Jessie and Mia, and has a vision of a mermaid in the forest. Is she real? Em can’t be sure. There’s been so much stress in her life lately.

As Em helps the mermaid, a man stealing native trees from the bush reserve tries to stop her, and Mum turns up at long last.

With family ties broken, will Em be able to move forward and pull everyone back together again?

Written by Donna Blaber

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Just Remember is the second book in the Just series for readers aged 9-12 years. If you like fast-paced adventure, strong female characters, lucky stones and magical vibes, then you’ll love this latest instalment in Donna Blaber’s page-turning series.

Check out the other books in the Just series: Just End It and Just Keep Going. Buy all three books in the Just series and save 10% with our box-set.


“Just Remember is a beautiful story of independence, magic and reconnection. Em (Emilia – although she isn’t a fan of her full name) is still reeling from the death of her father and so, with her mum not coping with the loss, she goes to live with her Nana in Matapouri. But things aren’t what they initially seem in the sleepy town of the North,” writes reviewer Chris Reed for the NZ Booklovers blog.  “Just Remember is a story that will be loved on bookshelves around the nation bringing together a uniquely Kiwi feel with magic, wonder and beautiful story telling.”
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Whangārei  reader Natalya Newman reviews Just Remember for Hooked on NZ Books: “This book is a heartfelt, comforting read as it reinforces the importance of family and learning to heal after traumatic experiences. Blaber covers topics that include wanting to fit in, finding closure after grief, new friendships, and the effect of society on New Zealand’s native wildlife. This book is a soft read that I would recommend if you want a break from everyday life and a touch of magic.”
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Find out more about Whangarei author Donna Blaber on her author profile.

Read Donna’s thoughts on writing Just Remember which she shared with NZ Booklovers.

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Weight130 g
Dimensions20.3 × 12.7 × 0.5 cm

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1 review for Just Remember

  1. Kate G

    A Goodreads reviewer says:
    As a multi genre reader, I usually enjoy young adult stories as much as I do a Stephen King novel. This one took me back to when I was little and losing myself in similar stories.
    Em moves back to her dad’s hometown after a terrible accident that changes her life. She meets Jessie and Mia, and together they go on an adventure that involves a black stone and a mermaid. Along the way they manage to solve the mystery of the missing plants.
    As a child who quite literally wanted to be a mermaid when I was about 10 years old, this book was extra special.

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