'Sam stared at the picture of the boy about to be tipped off the edge of the world: the crushing weight of water about to pummel him. Sam knew that moment exactly, the disbelief that what was about to happen could even be possible. The intake of breath before the flood.
'Sam has always had things going on in his head that no one else understands, even his mum. And now she's dead, it's worse than ever.
'With nothing but his skateboard and a few belongings in a garbage bag, Sam goes to live with the strangers his mum cut ties with seven years ago: Aunty Lorraine and his cousins Shane and Minty.
'Despite the suspicion and hostility emanating from their fibro shack, Sam reverts to his childhood habit of following Minty around and is soon surfing with Minty to cut through the static fuzz in his head. But as the days slowly meld into one another, and ghosts from the past reappear, Sam has to make the ultimate decision ...... will he sink or will he swim.' (Publication summary)
'For Vân Uoc Phan, fantasies fell into two categories: nourishing, or pointless. Daydreaming about Billy Gardiner, for example? Pointless. It always left her feeling sick, as though she'd eaten too much sugar.
'Vân Uoc doesn't believe in fairies, zombies, vampires, Father Christmas - or magic wishes. She believes in keeping a low profile: real life will start when school finishes.
'But when she attracts the attention of Billy Gardiner, she finds herself in an unwelcome spotlight.
'Not even Jane Eyre can help her now.
'Wishes were not a thing.
'They were not.
'Wishes were a thing.
'Wishes that came true were sometimes a thing.
'Wishes that came true because of magic were not a thing!
Source: Publisher's blurb.
'A compulsively readable novel from the acclaimed author of The Sky So Heavy.
'The worst thing that could happen would be for my life to go back to how it was before Katie died.
'Hannah's world has imploded, all thanks to her older sister Katie. Her mum is depressed, her dad's injured and she has to go to compulsory therapy sessions. Hannah should feel terrible but for the first time in ages, she feels a glimmer of hope and isn't afraid anymore. Is it because the elusive Josh is taking an interest in her? Or does it run deeper than that?
'In a family torn apart by guilt, one girl's struggle to come to terms with years of harassment shows how deep previous scars can run.
'The Protected is an honest and searing portrayal of loss and grief that conveys the repercussions of bullying to the modern-day teenager.' (Publication summary)
'On remote Rollrock Island, the sea-witch Misskaella discovers she can draw a girl from the heart of a seal. So, for a price, any man might buy himself a bride; an irresistibly enchanting sea-wife. But what cost will be borne by the people of Rollrock - the men, the women, the children - once Misskaella sets her heart on doing such a thing?'
'Under cover of darkness, two brothers cross a war-ravaged countryside carrying a secret bundle. One night they stumble across a deserted town reduced to smouldering ruins. But at the end of a blackened street they find a small green miracle: a zoo filled with animals in need of hope.
'A moving and ageless fable about war, and freedom.' (From the publisher's website.)
'So far, Marc E. Jarvis has lost a white football boot, a school tie and a best friend.
'But there's more in store for him when he completes Work Experience at a local car yard - where his world is truly rocked, shocked and shaken.
'Then Marc meets Electra. And nothing will ever be the same again...
'A story of true friends, crazed coaches, shooting stars, and loves lost and found.' (Publisher's blurb)
Through 'fifteen intriguing illustrated stories' Shaun Tan 'reveals the quiet mysteries of everyday life: homemade pets, dangerous weddings, stranded sea mammals, tiny exchange students and secret rooms filled with darkness and delight.' (Publisher's blurb)
'Maddy yearns for her life to be mystifying, to be as magical as a fairy story. And then one day, on the beach, she meets the strangest young man she has ever seen.
'The Ghost's Child is an enchanting fable about the worth of life, and the power of love.' (Publisher's blurb)
'A powerful story of love and loss, secrets and revelations - and making sense of a past that once seemed perfect.
'For Tom Brennan, life is about rugby, mates and family - until a night of celebration changes his life forever. Tom's world explodes as his brother Daniel is sent to jail and the Brennans are forced to leave the small town Tom's lived in his whole life. Tom is a survivor, but he needs a ticket out of the past just as much as Daniel. He will find it in many forms . . .' (Publication summary)
'The forest is earth and leaves, sun and shade, feather and blood and bone. It is the old way, the true way, the wild way to live. But, for Kian, wilderness is not home.
'Kian, a five-year-old cat, is dumped in the forest along with two kitten siblings, Jem and Cally. Kian wants nothing more than to find his home, but first they have to run the gamut of the wild.' (Publication summary)
Wolf on the Fold is a collection of short stories that traces a family's stories and experiences over time, from 1935-2002.
'"Deadly, unna?" He was always saying that. All the Nungas did, but Dumby more than any of them. Dumby Red and Blacky don't have a lot in common. Dumby's the star of the footy team, he's got a killer smile and the knack with girls, and he's a Nunga. Blacky's a gutless wonder, needs braces, never knows what to say, and he's white. But they're friends... and it could be deadly, unna? This gutsy novel, set in a small coastal town in South Australia is a rites-of-passage story about two boys confronting the depth of racism that exists all around them.'
Source: Publisher's blurb.
'Carl Matt hasn't got much. there's just his younger brother Harley and the old red barge to Wiseman's Cove. And nothing's going to take those away from him. He's an awkward, lumpy fifteen-year-old. Not the hero type.' - back cover (2007)
'Pagan is back! After renouncing the sword in Pagan in Exile, Pagan and his noble lord Roland become novices at the Abbey of Saint Martin, where they will prepare to learn the twelve steps of humility and take the oath of obedience. But as Pagan soon finds out, neither humility nor blind obedience comes easy to him.' (Publication summary)
'Foxspell is a fable of shape-shifters and animal spirits, of teenage gangs and schoolyard friends and finding your place in the world—or worlds—all concentrated in a dense, vivid corner of the half-wild Adelaide hills. A Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year for Older Readers, Foxspell is a mysterious and unforgettable dream.
'Deserted by his father, Tod moves with his sisters and mother into his grandmother's house in the foothills of Adelaide, South Australia. He finds refuge in the hills and quarries, where he meets a fox spirit who teaches him to cross between the human and animal worlds. As his family life and his involvement in a local gang become more complicated, the lure of the fox grows ever stronger.'
Source: Publisher's blurb.
'When Paddy Flannagan, a gold fossicker, is found bashed to death in the hills behind the township of Jericho, the search begins for his two wild children. But what effect will their dark secret have on those who find them?' (Publication summary)
'When Nathanial and his mother move to the quiet, safe streets of Cheshunt, he immediately senses something wrong. Violent gangs patrol the streets, feral dogs roam at night, and the oppressive stench from the abattoir lingers over the school.
'Soon Nathanial learns that his presence is no accident. As he uncovers the dark secrets of Cheshunt's past, and event spiral desperately out of control, he and his new friends must confront phantoms from their past in the battle to stop the Gathering and its terrifying creator.'
Source: Publisher's blurb (Penguin website).
A sixteen-year-old Western Australian boy mysteriously disappears after he discovers valuable relics in the remains of a seventeen-century shipwreck.
'Life is difficult enough for Brenton. He can't get on with his parents, his younger brother is overtaking him in every way and now twelve-year-old Victoria must come and live with them too.
This turbulent, powerful novel follows Brenton as he loses himself in his beloved role playing games where the fantasy dangerously shadows real life'.
Source: author's website.
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