Just had to post this lovely review by Maree Kimberley, fellow YA writer http://girlintheshadows.blogspot.com/
Letters to Leonardo is a heartfelt and real portrait of a young adult trying to come to grips with his mother’s serious mental illness by first-time Australian author Dee White.
On his 15th birthday, Matt receives a birthday card from his mother – the mother he has always been told was dead.
After dealing with the shock, and his anger with his father who told him the lie, Matt looks for and finds his mother. But it’s not the happy-ever-after family reunion he hoped for.
This is a deeply layered book that explores a range of themes with subtlety and empathy. The story moves along at a good pace, the characters are thorougly believable and deftly drawn and the situations are dealt with sympathetically and realistically. It made me cry.