Best friends Lena, Tibby, Bridget and Carmen are preparing to spend their first summer apart. When the girls discover a second hand pair of jeans look great on all of them they promise to rotate the magical jeans, dubbed 'the travelling pants', amongst them and at the summer's end record their favourite adventure while wearing the pants. The concept of transitioning in to a new phase of life is explored in this novel. The challenges they face grow more difficult, and growing up requires them to find greater maturity, wisdom, and courage than ever before.
Katherine is almost eighteen, she is facing all the normal angst of a young adult with end of year exams, school, friendships, relationships and home life. However she was severely burned when she was three and has endured much pain and trauma and long terms in hospital with surgery to try and correct her disfigurement. All she really wants is to be normal, like everyone else. This novel explores the concept of transitions through focusing on how the trauma of being burned impacts a child’s development and growth as well as influences a family’s life.
This novel follows the journey of eight high school friends in a remote country town whose lives are suddenly and violently upended by a war that no one saw coming. Cut off from their families, these eight teenagers must learn to escape, survive and fight back against a hostile military force. One of the main themes associated with this book is the transition from innocence to experience, which is seen as the characters change from innocent teenagers to hardened soldiers.