Tuesday, July 25, 2017
  • A Straight Line to My Heart

    A Straight Line to My HeartA straight line to my heart (Allen & Unwin) www.allenandunwin.com

    In 2012 A Straight Line To My Heart was awarded an Honour Book in the CBCA Awards. It was also on the shortlist for the Prime Minister's Literary Awards.

    School is over, not just for the year, but forever. Tiff and Kayla are free, which is what they've always wanted, but now summer is nearly at an end and that means life decisions. Tiff is hoping her job at the local paper will lead to something more... But 'The Shark' soon puts her straight on what it takes to become a hard-nosed reporter like him. At home, Reggie - the only granddad she's ever known - has quit the smokes and diagnosed himself as cactus. Then Kayla hits her with some big news. And into all this stumbles Davey, the first boy who has ever really wanted to know her.

    Tiff is smart with words and rarely does tears, but in one short week she discovers that words don't always get you there; they don't let you say all the stuff from deep in your heart.'

    This compelling, honest and heart-warming book explores love and relationships, old and new, in a 'family' related only by love.'
    -CBCA judge's report.

  • Confessions of a Liar, Thief and Failed Sex God

    Confessions of a Liar, Thief and Failed Sex GodConfessions of a Liar, Thief and Failed Sex God (Random House) www.randomhouse.com.au

    "I have this annoying problem that gives me a lot of trouble: a conscience."

    Neil Bridges attends a Catholic boys' school in which teachers rule with iron fists and thick leather straps. Some crumble under the pressure but Neil toughs it out, just as his Vietnam-bound older brother has done before him. He has to be a man, after all. But at sixteen, how can he be sure of himself when he's not sure of anything else? He loses a friend and finds another, falls in love and unwittingly treads a path that leads to revenge and possibly murder . . .

    In 2010 Confessions of a Liar, Thief and Failed Sex God won the inaugural Prime Minister's Literary Award for young adult fiction.
    The short, chiselled chapters ensure that not a word is wasted. Condon is a writer of considerable craft who eschews the flamboyant in search of deeper truths.
    -Judges' comments.

  • Miss Wolf and the Porkers

    Miss Wolf and the PorkersMiss Wolf and the Porkers won the Younger Readers category in the 2001 KOALA prize. (That's Kids Own Australian Literature Awards.)

    Everyone thinks the Porker children are perfect. Even Miss Wolf, the new librarian at their school. One day she discovers how truly bad they are, and the Porkers are in for a shock.

  • Dogs

    DogsDogs was an Honour Book in the Older Readers category Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards for 2001. Dogs.

    Stand up to them and you might get your head ripped off. Keep running Dogs away and you might as well be dead. Two teenage boys and their fathers; united by a dog - divided by a dog. Love and hate. There's no middle ground here. Dogs goes for the jugular.

    Dogs is knockdown, get up. It's about growing up male - the hurts, the hates. It's about accepting the otherness of the other. Not since Kes has a novel got it so right so succinctly.'
    - Glyn Parry

  • No Worries

    No WorriesNo Worries (UQP) www.uqp.uq.edu.au

    No Worries was an Honour Book in the Older Readers category Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards for 2006.

    Brian Talbot: Seventeen. Virgin. High School Dropout. Nightshift Worker. In Love.

    Both humorous and confronting, No Worries is a gripping urban tale of life, death, love, joy, and family. It reminds us all to hold on to the important things, however difficult that might be.

    'It is by turns painful, moving, hopeful, funny and warm.'
    - Judges' Report

    No Worries was short listed for the Ethel Turner Prize in the NSW Premier's Awards, 2006.

    'This is a story of deep irony and sadness, relieved by the sparest, lightest touches of human warmth with which a boy can manage. A considerable achievement.
    - Judges' Report.