Are You There, Buddha? by Pip Harry is a funny and contemporary take on puberty, periods, relationships and fitting in. We follow the story of Bee who has just started Year Seven, and has yet to find her ‘tribe’. The use of the verse novel format makes it a quick and easy read for upper primary and lower secondary students who are sure to relate to the journey to young adulthood undertaken by the protagonist.
Periods are featured in this novel, not just as a casual reference, but as a major storyline. The author hoped to fill the gap as she felt there weren’t enough period books out there for younger readers.