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Robert Newton Robert Newton i(A53835 works by)
Born: Established: 1965 ;
Gender: Male
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Robert Newton is an award-winning author. His first work of fiction was young adult novel My Name is Will Thompson, published 2001. Newton's sixth novel, historical young adult fiction, The Black Dog Gang, was shortlisted for the NSW Premier's Literary Awards. Later, his novel When We Were Two, won the NSW Premier's Literary Award for Young Adult Fiction.

Newton is the son of an Army officer, and his family spent much of his childhood moving around Australia. He is based in Melbourne, Victoria, and also works as a firefighter for Metropolitan Fire Brigade.


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y separately published work icon Promise Me Happy Melbourne : Penguin , 2019 15644021 2019 single work novel young adult

'I don’t know if it’s possible for people to change, not really. The way you’re made up, the important stuff, I reckon you’re born with that . . . when it matters, when it really matters, we are who we are.

'Nate’s had it tough. An abusive father. His mother dead. He’s done things he regrets.

'But he’s never met anyone like Gem. She’s a tiny piece of wonderful and she’ll change everything he knows about himself. Is this the beginning of happiness? Or is there more hardship around the corner?'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 CBCA Book of the Year Awards Notable Book
2020 shortlisted West Australian Young Readers' Book Award Older Readers
y separately published work icon Mr Romanov's Garden In The Sky Melbourne : Penguin , 2017 10691478 2017 single work children's fiction children's

'Heartfelt, evocative and compelling – another masterpiece from the award-winning Robert Newton.

'Living in the commission, Lexie is left to fend for herself. Her mother is mostly absent, out searching for something to help her forget the tragic death of Lexie’s dad.

'But then, after witnessing the aftermath of a shocking incident, Lexie finds solace in the most unlikely of places – in a troubled old man called the Creeper.

'A chance, life-saving encounter on the commission’s roof seeds a friendship between the two and when they enlist the help of Lexie’s friend Davey, the three set off on an epic journey; one that will change their lives and the lives of those around them. ' (Publication summary)

2018 CBCA Book of the Year Awards Notable Book Older Readers
y separately published work icon When We Were Two Camberwell : Penguin , 2011 Z1810996 2011 single work novel young adult historical fiction

'Dan had to go, He felt he had no choice, but leaving home was never going to be easy . . .

'Dan and his brother Eddie take off for the coast, in search of their lost mother, in search of a better life . . . but it's a long road they face and Dan must use all his wits to get them there in one piece.

'When they are taken under the wings of a group of would-be soldiers marching over the mountains to join up for the Great War, Dan and Eddie's journey becomes something quite unexpected. The experiences they share will shape their future beyond recognition.

'This extraordinary rite of passage is a powerful, heart-rending story - Robert Newton at his very best.' (Publisher's blurb)

2012 winner Prime Minister's Literary Awards Young Adults' Fiction
2012 honour book CBCA Book of the Year Awards Book of the Year: Older Readers
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