Author(s): Fleur Beale
A classic bestseller that's been in print for over 20 years, this gripping YA thriller follows a teenage girl caught in a religious cult. Imagine that your mother tells you she's going away. She is going to leave you with relatives you've never heard of - and they are members of a strict religious cult. Your name is changed, and you are forced to follow the severe set of social standards set by the cult. There is no television, no radio, no newspaper. No mirrors. You must wear long, modest clothes. You don't know where your mother is, and you are beginning to question your own identity. I am not Esther is a gripping psychological thriller written by New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards-winning children's writer Fleur Beale. In Esther she creates an enthralling and utterly compelling portrait of a teenager going through her worst nightmare.
Fleur Beale is a former teacher who was inspired to write I am not Esther when one of her students was beaten and expelled from his family for going against their religious beliefs. She has published over 30 novels and received many awards including an Honour Award for I am not Esther in the 1999 NZ Post Children's Book Awards. I am not Esther has been in print for 12 years and is sold in a number of countries.