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New Y.A. with Mental Health focus set in Perth, W.A.

I’m so thrilled to share this latest reason to #LoveOzYA

Spirit Talker deals in the taboos of mental health and spiritualism in a raw and real way. As one reviewer says, “Spirit Talker is a great, easy to read story which, on the surface, is about a girl who sees ghosts, however scratch beneath that you find a sympathetic look at real life mental illness struggles, the dangers of not having your voice heard, and the importance of self advocating, whether with medical and mental health professionals, or with your loved ones. The author does a great job of destigmatising mental health treatment – both therapeutic and medicinal- while balancing it with self care, self reflection, and personal growth, through characters actions and reactions. She captures a widower’s optimism, a scared parent’s pain, a child’s loss, and yet leaves you with the taste of hope on your tongue and your eyes drawn to a bright horizon.”

Since the death of her mother, Sara Brooks has been seeing things. Impossible things. Dead things.

They think she’s crazy, but what if what she’s seeing is real? And what if seeing can save the people she cares about?

Brimming with poignant themes of mental health, friendship and belief, Spirit Talker is the latest heart-warming coming of age tale by YA author, Rebecca Laffar-Smith.



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