Novelist, psychologist and freelance writer Kylie Ladd will be speak about her recently published novel The Way Back at Mooroopna Library next month.
The book follows the story of 13-year-old Charlie Johnson who is in her first year of high school.
Charlie loves her family, netball and Liam — the cute guy who sits next to her in science — but most of all she loves horses and horseriding.
The horse-fanatic’s parents lease Tic Tac from the local pony club.
But things take a turn when Charlie goes for a ride in the national park and only Tic Tac returns.
Goulburn Valley Libraries senior projects librarian Jan Sutton said The Way Back was a moving, haunting and all-too-real novel that took readers beyond the headlines.
‘‘It explores a family’s worst nightmare with compassion and insight,’’ Ms Sutton said.
Ladd’s novels have been published in Australia, New Zealand, the United States, the United Kingdom and Europe.
‘‘She has published five novels,’’ Ms Sutton said.
‘‘After the Fall, Last Summer, which was highly commended in the 2011 Fellowship of Australian Writers Christina Stead Award for fiction, Into My Arms, chosen as one of Get Reading’s ‘50 books you can’t put down’ for 2013, Mothers and Daughters, and The Way Back.’’
Also holding a PhD in neuropsychology, Ladd lives in Melbourne with her husband and two children.
Kylie Ladd will speak on Monday, September 4, at 6pm in the Mooroopna Library, 9 Morrell St, Mooroopna.
Bookings are required; phone Mooroopna Library on 1300374765 by Friday, September 1.