‘I Am Not Esther’ Book Review and Give Away!

| May 9, 2013 | 23 Comments

‘I Am Not Esther’, by Fleur Beale.  A classic bestseller that’s been in print for over 20 years, this gripping Young Adults thriller follows a teenage girl caught in a religious cult.

I am not Esther

Although this is a young adults book, I really enjoyed it, as did my 12 year old niece, Mikayla, who devoured this book in 1 day!  It is well written, and although sad, it is also layered with hope, strength and resilience.  A great book for young adult readers who enjoy dramatic fiction, with a fantastic range of characters, especially that of the heroine of the book, a character who although in a terrible circumstance, finds the strength and inner courage to get through a very difficult time.


Imagine that your mother tells you she’s going away. She is going to leave you with relatives you’ve never heard of – and they are members of a strict religious cult. Your name is changed, and you are forced to follow the severe set of social standards set by the cult. There is no television, no radio, no newspaper. No mirrors. You must wear long, modest clothes. You don’t know where your mother is, and you are beginning to question your own identity.

I Am Not Esther is a gripping psychological thriller written by New Zeaand Post Children’s Book Awards-winning children’s writer Fleur Beale. In Esther she creates an enthralling and utterly compelling portrait of a teenager going through her worst nightmare.

About The Author:

Fleur Beale is the author of many much-loved award-winning books – she has now had more than 30 books published in New Zealand, with some also being published in the US and England. Fleur won the 2007 Storylines Gaelyn Gordon Award for a Much-Loved Book with Slide the Corner and the Esther Glen Award for ‘Juno of Tarison’ the 2009 LIANZA Children’s Book Awards.

If you would like to purchase a copy of this fabulous book for a young adult reader, you can do so HERE.

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The Winner is …… Belinda Whitehead.  Congratulations Belinda – can you email your address details to ceara@ladonnamoderna.com, so we can get your copy out to you.


Would you like to WIN A COPY?

We have one copy of ‘I Am Not Esther’, by Fleur Beale, to give away.  To enter to win a copy, simply comment below this post.

Competition closes Monday, 27th May, at 5pm.  Winner will be drawn randomly, and announced on the website soon after.

Competition is open to NZ and Australian residents.

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  1. Kirsten Allen says:

    I would LOVE to win a copy of this book

  2. Megan McNaughton says:

    would love to win this!

  3. carolyn abraham says:

    this looks like a good read

  4. carly says:

    This sounds really interesting! I love psychological thrillers

  5. Jolie says:

    Please enter me in the draw for this book

  6. Melissa Jones says:

    Sounds interesting. Wish I could win this book to read. Thanks for the chance 🙂

  7. Emily says:

    always love a new book to read 🙂

  8. Therese B says:

    This sounds really interesting! I actually enjoy reading young adults books as they usually are based on much more ‘real to life’ feelings which really draw you in!

  9. Raven says:

    This sounds like a thought provoking book. Please put me in the draw.

  10. Erin K says:

    I have never read this book it sounds really interesting and even though I am out of the audience its aimed at would love to read it. Many thanks

  11. Theresa te whaiti says:

    Looks like a great read for winter night

  12. Darren Rae says:

    Great book by the look

  13. Belinda Whitehead says:

    My daughter is turning 12 next month and she and I still read together at night. Love to read her this book as it would be of interest to me also.

  14. Tracey says:

    Yes please. Thanks

  15. Sarah Blair says:

    It sounds like a great book!

  16. Suzie L says:

    I am very interested in reading this book, very different to the usual romances I read.

  17. Jade says:

    Oooo.. Would love to read this.. Sounds very intriguing

  18. Michelle West says:

    Just simply love a good book

  19. Wendy O says:

    What a great read!

  20. KristinF says:

    Sounds like a great book. My daughter turns 12 in June and loves to read, it would be great to introduce her to a new author.

  21. anthony wadge says:

    Partner would love this read!!!

  22. Amy C says:

    Sounds like a gripping story – would love to read it.

  23. Christine Dixon says:

    Yes please I would love to read this book thanks

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