Just Remember

Em Rogers’ life changes forever when she gets her first after-school detention.

If she’d known Dad would die in a traumatic accident on the way to pick her up, and Mum would suffer a nervous breakdown, she never would have talked in class that day. Was it all her fault?

After losing friends, confidence, and hope, Em moves north to live with Nan and finds a future with the help of new friends, a mermaid, and a magic rock.

Written by Donna Blaber

Description

Just Remember is Book 2 in the “Just” series of books for young people aged 10-14 years.

Book 1 in the “Just” series is Just End It.

Reviews

“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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Kiwi author Donna Blaber Donna Blaber author

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.

Additional information

Weight 130 g
Dimensions 20.3 × 12.7 × 0.5 cm
Format

Paperback edition

First published

2021

ISBN

9781927229729

Page count

116

Published by

Lighthouse

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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