"One Whole and Perfect Day" by Judith Clarke is set in Australia and read by Gretal Montgomery who has the perfect Australian accent to make you believe you are really there. The story is about 17 year old Lily who thinks she is the only sensible one in her family. She has a dreamy older brother who is disowned by her grandfather, a mother she thinks is flaky, a cranky grandfather, and a grandmother who talks to an imaginary friend. Her grandmother is planning a 80th birthday party for her grandfather and Lily is just wishing that everything might be perfect for just one day of this celebration. This book won the Michael L Printz Award for excellence in young adult literature.
Judith Clarke is from Australia and currently lives in Melbourne. Our library has one other book by Judith, "Wolf on the fold" which won the the Children's Books of the Year Award in Australia in 2002. Reviewers have commended Clarke for her ability to craft oddly endearing adult characters that provide the appropriate amount of teen angst, yet are also people whom the teen has a fondness and respect for - even parents - despite their strange ways.