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Issue 296 Book Club

September 3, 2017

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A Place Called Perfect

By Helena Duggan

Cover illustration by Karl Mountford

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Violet never wanted to move to Perfect, but when her father is offered a job that he can’t possibly refuse at the local opticians, she’s unwillingly thrust into a town full of overly obliging rose-tinted-spectacle wearers.

As her own eye sight begins to deteriorate and her mother starts acting as strangely as the other residents, Violet vows to discover the secret at the heart of Perfect – and then her father disappears! With the help of the invisible Boy, and a little imagination, can Violet save her family without making too much of a spectacle?

There’s something very wrong in Perfect, but the adults are too blind to see it…

About the author
Helena Duggan is from Kilkenny, a medieval, haunted city in the south of Ireland, which was the inspiration for A Place Called Perfect. She’s also a graphic designer and illustrator. Helena says on having her debut published by Usborne:
“Getting published was a childhood dream but to do it with Usborne has been amazing. I’ve enjoyed every step of my publishing journey so far, it’s been an education and I just hope A Place Called Perfect will be received as warmly with readers as it has been with Usborne.”

Helena Duggan copyright Dylan Vaughan