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A Month with April-May

Edyth Bulbring
"Move over Georgia Nicolson, April-May has just enrolled"
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Move over Georgia Nicolson, April-May has just enrolled

‘Life is not a bowl of cherries. Suck it up.’

April-May loves boys with green eyes, reading at the back of class and wearing non-regulation socks. April-May hates stuck up rich kids and two-minute noodles. Life at her new school would have been fine if Mrs Ho, the English teacher hadn’t decided that April May was a no-good, trouble-maker, bursary-kid. April-May decides that Mrs Ho has to go. Then April-May meets the drop-dead gorgeous Sebastian, befriends the total suck up mouth-breather Melly and things get a little more complicated.

A MONTH WITH APRIL-MAY is a one-eyebrow-raised account of a teenager’s trials and tribulations as she navigates a new school, a new family situation and a whole new way of life.

Publication Date: Thu 7 Feb 2013
ISBN Paperback: 9781471400292
ISBN Ebook: 9781471400308

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Edyth Bulbring

Edyth Bulbring was born in Boksburg, South Africa and grew up in Port Elizabeth. She attended the University of Cape Town where she completed a BA whilst editing the University newspaper Varsity. Having worked as a journalist for fifteen years, including time spent as the political correspondent at the Sunday Times of South Africa covering the first ever democratic elections, Edyth moved into writing full time. Edyth is the author of A MONTH WITH APRIL-MAY and ONE HUNDRED DAYS OF APRIL-MAY.

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Fluffy is my dad. It's just the two of us. There used to be three of us before Mom and Fluffy decided last year that they couldn't stand the sight of each other and split. They couldn't split me in half so Fluffy got to keep me. I'm not sure which of them thinks they got the better deal. Melanie is the class monitor. She gives me some textbooks and stationery and says that all the books have to be covered in brown paper and plastic. These are the rules at Trinity College. She also tells me that our classroom teacher is a man called Mr Goosen. But everyone calls him 'Finger'. I can see why when he comes into the room and takes roll-call for the day. As he calls out each name he looks up and then points, just to make sure that thevoice and the face match the name on the clipboard. His index finger is missing in action so he points with his middle finger. Finger comes to the end of the names and points his finger at Melanie. No, he's pulling the zap sign at me. 'April-May February.' That's me. My list of people who deserve to be poisoned with a side dish of salmonella is historically topped by Fluffy and Mom. Mr and Mrs February should have called it quits the day I was born, when they couldn't agree on what to call me. Fluffy thought April was the prettiest time of the year. Mom liked May. I got called a calendar.