It's the first day back at school and the last thing Luke and Anna are in the mood for. Luke's father is sick, his mother is sad and his older brother is painfully present. Lately, Luke has felt that the only thing worth looking forward to is the slight chance that life might one day improve.
As a graduate teacher, Anna is finding herself on the other side of the student teacher divide for the first time. Teaching students who are only four or five years younger than her is plain weird and on top of that she will face a bullying co-worker, a persistent ex-boyfriend and a class of unforgiving year 11s.
Can Anna and Luke navigate the pitfalls of the senior corridor and beyond, and come out feeling at least half way to good again?
Told in dual narrative, Half Way to Good is fun and clever novel about dealing with love, death and everything in between.
Kristen Murphy grew up in Melbourne, the youngest of four children. Inspired by Anne of Green Gables, she spent time studying in Prince Edward Island, Canada and traveled extensively before graduating from her Bachelor of Arts degree back home.
Half Way to Good is Kristen's third novel. Her first, Raincheck on Timbuktu was published in 2002. Her second novel The King of Whatever, published in 2005, won the 2006 Children's Peace Prize for Literature and was named a notable book in the 2006 Children's Book Council Book of the Year awards. Kirsten now divides her time between writing and working as a secondary school English teacher.
Half Way to Good
Author: Kristen Murphy