Eric's legs may be skinny, but can they move! For one week of the year after his win at the athletics carnival, he's a hero; but for the other fifty one, he's a loser. People at Pendle Hill High drift into his life - and they drift out again. Well, it must be his fault, right? There must be something wrong with him: take the place he lives, or his family, or the way he looks. Eric's just the guy they call 'Spaghetti legs' and he wants to be different. Special. He wants to make a name for himself.
One moment. One pause. One whole new life. Declan seems to have it all: a family that loves him, friends he's known for years, a beautiful girlfriend he would go to the ends of the earth for. But there's something in Declan's past that just won't go away, that pokes and scratches at his thoughts when he's at his most vulnerable. Declan feels as if nothing will take away that pain that he has buried deep inside for so long. So he makes the only decision he thinks he has left: the decision to end it all. Or does he? As the train approaches and Declan teeters at the edge of the platform, two versions of his life are revealed. In one, Declan watches as his body is destroyed and the lives of those who loved him unravel. In the other, Declan pauses before he jumps. And this makes all the difference. From author of The Shadow Girl, winner of the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 2012 Prize for Writing for Young Adults, comes a breathtaking new novel that will make you...
'I tried to be forgettable. That's how I survived.' The shadow girl never imagined she'd live on the streets. After her parents disappear, life with her aunt and uncle takes a sinister turn. Terrified that the authorities will believe her uncle over her, she flees. She tricks her way into a new school and pretends to have a loving family. No one knows she sleeps in rail yards, sand dunes and abandoned houses. At school she meets the author she will call on years later. Together they piece together the story of how she survived, who helped her, and the friend she wishes she could have saved. Thrilling, profound and blackly funny, The Shadow Girl is John Larkin's best and most important novel to date.
Most people think Rebecca Yallop is simply a very tall young girl with a longish face, but her brother, Kevin, knows the truth: Rebecca's a horse!
One wayward wish made during a visit to the Amazing Beryl's Make-a-Wish tent at the Dingaling Brothers Big Top, Flying Monkeys and Sea Slug Circus Extravaganza and now Rebecca's a 300-kilogram horse, trying desperately to behave like a normal 12-year-old girl. It's hard, though, when you have to use your mouth to make your bed and you have trouble fitting into your mum's VW beetle. Rebecca and Kevin have to find the Amazing Beryl so she can turn Rebecca back in to a girl.
When they discover Beryl is spending a year with the mystical, one-legged Sherpas of the Upper Langtang Valley in Nepal, Rebecca thinks she has no hope of becoming a girl again. Then she learns that her favourite television show, Saddle Soar, is holding open auditions and Rebecca has a chance to not just earn the money to pay for the trip, but to...
The author of Spaghetti Legs brings you another HILARIOUS novel.Brendan Stevens' life is falling apart. His dad and his brother have gone to live on the other side of the country, and his mother hates flying. His girlfriend or – to use her term – ex-girlfriend, Helen Wong, is going out with his worst enemy and there's a strange demonic presence in Brendan's bedroom – apart from his socks.