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P.K. Tyler
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Author, Mother, Rabble Rouser
Author, Mother, Rabble Rouser

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Thank you +Nillu Nasser Stelter for your thoughtful review.
I just finished reading White Chalk by P.K.Tyler. Has anyone else read it?

It's a gripping novel about a girl in her early teens and how she negotiates her fractured relationships. The novel is not for the faint hearted: the young protagonist has an abusive home life and also falls prey to the sexual advances of her schoolteacher. It is a nuanced exploration of the life of a teenager when things go wrong, and it is written with bravery and a subtlety that not all writers are capable of.

The novel explores the quiet horror of Chelle’s home life, the faux nonchalance of a child unable to focus on school but who self-harms, how teens can be manipulated but manipulate too, how vulnerable they are and how strong, how adventurous but still in need of protection. I found the teacher/pupil scenes were hard to read. I wanted to turn away from the ugliness of it, the crushed innocence, but that is precisely the point. There is no white-washing paedophilia, the betrayal of the teacher's profession. The author hit the emotional beats perfectly: the sexualised innocence of it all on one hand; the depravity on the other.

+P.K. Tyler has written this story in the first person, and it’s a clever choice. The result is immersion in Chelle’s point of view. She can’t escape the immediacy of her problems, and neither can the reader. White Chalk has a stellar cast of characters and it is not without hope. Any number of allies come into Chelle’s life and she has some moments of real friendship, but these individuals are all as flawed as she is. As we all are. It is a brave novel of finely-tuned balance on a difficult, ambitious theme. I found it to be full of truth and like all the best novels, it will stay with me.


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Darling, I know I replied with a thanks on you FB but wanted to make sure I commented here as well. Thank you so much for your support and kind words about The Jakkattu Vector.

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Thank you so much for the fabulous and thoughtful review! I'm delighted that you enjoyed The Jakkattu Vector.

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I just finished SEVENEVES - OMG! Watch my blog for a review soon. Read it yourself by winning a copy in my monthly giveaway. I'm also including a copy of BINTI by Nnedi Okorafor.

http://www.pktyler.com/giveaway

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P.K. Tyler commented on a post on Blogger.
You are awesome Lydia. Thanks as always!

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Interview with the talented @Anne Cristy

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P.K. Tyler commented on a post on Blogger.
Thank you so much for your lovely review of Ninja & Bunny!  I love that the message of the book was able to come through.

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Thanks so much for hosting Ninja & Bunny today!  I'm glad you enjoyed the sprinkling of vocabulary words in the story, that was an important element for me as a parent :)
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