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Read it here: "The Joshua Tree"
By Emma Bull
In Emma Bull and Will Shettley
Tabetha is a teenager who lives in little desert town. High school teaches her a lot about survival, how to hide, but not how to shine. She has a lot inside her to keep hidden. In a way, she is like the desert around her. That, too, has secrets.
This is an oddly engnrossing coming-of -age story. Much of it is simply a description of Tabetha's surroundings, the fact that most people around her have little to say and certainly express no imagination. The life of the mind is not for them. Her parents didn't even know how to spell 'Tabitha'.