The Worlds of Harriet Henderson   (2018)

Fifteen-year-old Harriet Henderson has a new English teacher, Molly McInness, and all at once school seems full of possibilities. But, inspired by Molly and impelled by her own adolescent restlessness, Harriet makes an impulsive decision, a decision that takes her, her teacher and her new friend into complex and dangerous worlds.


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Reader Reviews

I can’t imagine having anything to read that would be more life-affirming or more in tune with the values that inform our work as educators."
(Dr John Yandell, author of 'The Social Construction of Meaning: Reading Literature in Urban English Classrooms' & 'Rethinking Education: Whose knowledge is it anyway?'

"A novel that will appeal to English teachers because of the sophistication of the shifts in point of view and the beauty of the prose. A wonderful book."
Emeritus Professor Brenton Doecke, Chair in Education, Deakin University & co-author of 'English for the Australian Curriculum'

"A beautifully written and sensitive novel that should be shared with every teacher, student, parent and principal you know." 
Bec Palethorpe (ACT teacher)

"This is a marvellous book which I found hard to put down. The book is full of twists and turns as the young characters pursue the creative paths that give them life. A must read!" 
Dr. Mary Macken-Horarik, Senior Research Fellow, Australian Catholic University

"A story about a teacher, two students and a grandfather looking for the places where the openness can live, at least a little while, in an adult world of closures. A must for English teachers as they consider their commitments in these difficult teaching times."
Dr Kim McCollum-Clark, Assoc Professor of English/English Education, Millersville University

"It’s a story that has all sorts of stories inside it. It’s a book in which worlds overlap, collide and intersect, and where truth is complex. Yet the book is full of hope. A great read."
Dr Margaret Byrne, author, film maker & principal of UGM Consulting