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On the edge of adulthood, Kara Jagger has high hopes for a year-long high school exchange in the land of “Aus” where she seeks personal growth and adventure on an island over eight thousand miles from home.
Everything she wants and expects comes easily to Kara until she arrives in Tasmania, where experiences challenge her preconceptions about the place and even her internal compass of what’s right and wrong. But when she runs off to explore another country, what she discovers about herself and the people she connects with surprises her most of all.
Set in mid-nineteen eighties Australia, VAN DIEMEN AT 17 is a novel about dealing with a crisis of confidence while finding oneself in a foreign place.