“Well look at me. Jennifer! For heaven’s sake. How many times do I have to tell you to look at people when they’re talking to you? What’s wrong with you?”
And that’s when I discovered there was something “wrong” with me. But I didn’t know what it was.
At the age of 9, following years of problems with parents, teachers and counsellors who don't understand, Jenna escapes from mainstream life, and goes to live with her Aunt Izzi and cousin Jed in their housetruck. They travel with the Housetruckers' Fair throughout New Zealand - home educating, life-learning and selling their wares. Jenna slowly gains confidence in herself, learns how to communicate with others, and deal with her differences and challenges, supported by Aunt Izzi and her housetrucker friends.
But quite suddenly, just before her 15th birthday her parents call her back home to discuss things. A change of plans leaves Jenna cast adrift from everything she knows and loves, grappling with what she believes about herself, education, life, faith, relationships and mental health.
“Jenna's Journal – Labels” is a young adult fiction novel, also intended for parents and people who work in the fields of education and mental health.