A Place Like This

A Place Like This

Steven Herrick

Young Adult / Poetry / Academic

A special reissue of a bestselling Australian classic from award-winning author Steven Herrick.Jack and Annabel have been dating for two years. With high school over they're about to start university – until Jack decides to chuck it all in.I think you and Annabel should get out of hereas fast as possible. Have a year doing anythingyou want. My going-away present is enough moneyto buy a car – a cheap old one, okay? You'll have towork somewhere to buy the petrol, and to keep going.But go.No destination in mind, Jack and Annabel leave town and discover themselves in a place they never knew existed.An inspiring verse novel about the pursuit of dreams and the realities of life, A Place Like This was shortlisted for the CBCA Book of the Year: Older Readers and New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards and commended in the Victorian Premier's Literary Award Sheaffer Pen Prize for Young Adult Fiction.'A story as crisp and fresh as an apple, as sweet and sharp as life itself.'...
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Cold Skin

Cold Skin

Steven Herrick

Young Adult / Poetry / Academic

First love, sexual awakening, murder, cowardice, vengeance and forgiveness . . . these are the powerful ingredients for Steven Herrick's gutsiest book yet; a page-turning read for teenage boys and girls; a story about father-son relationships and the many ways of being a man. Cowards don't always hide. Sometimes they're so gutless they need to stand out.'Eddie doesn't want to be in school, he wants to work in the mine. But his dad won't go down the coal pits and he won't let his sons go either. Nothing much happens in Burruga, except for fights at the pub. Then one Friday night a girl is found dead by the river, and every man in the town comes under suspicion. Eddie is drawn into secrets and a bitter struggle for revenge.Steven Herrick deftly reveals a cast of vivid characters in this chilling story of malice, power, and the courage to forgive. A riveting new YA novel from the author of By the River and other popular, award-winning books.
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Another Night in Mullet Town

Another Night in Mullet Town

Steven Herrick

Young Adult / Poetry / Academic

An iridescent verse novel from award-winning author Steven Herrick that shines light on friendship, family and finding your way.People like you and me, Jonah,we drag down the price of everything we touch.Life for Jonah and Manx means fishing for mullet at the lake, watching their school mates party on Friday night and wishing they had the courage to talk to Ella and Rachel.But now their lakeside town is being sold off, life doesn't seem so simple. Manx holds a grudge against the wealthy blow-ins from the city and Jonah just wants his parents to stop arguing.One memorable night at the lake will change everything.
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Lonesome Howl

Lonesome Howl

Steven Herrick

Young Adult / Poetry / Academic

Lonesome Howl is a taut and tender thriller: a suspenseful adventure, a drama of two different families, a love story and a journey of self-discovery.Jake's dad saw the wolf, before Jake was born. They say wolves don't live in this country, yet in the night Jake hears it howling, long and lonely.When Jake and Lucy hike to Sheldon Mountain in search of the wolf, Jake is out to prove his dad right or wrong; Lucy is escaping her father's cruelty. Both are tested - physically, emotionally, spiritually - but what they find on that dangerous, dark mountain surprises them both.Lonesome Howl is taut and tender; a gripping blend of physical adventure, family drama, love story and journey of self-discovery. Steven Herrick's new YA novel follows on the success of By the River and his other popular and award-winning books.
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Slice

Slice

Steven Herrick

Young Adult / Poetry / Academic

Darcy can cope with parents, parties and punch-ups. He can handle his infatuation with the beautiful Audrey, spending quality chess-time with his nerdy friend, Noah, even the misadventures of kayaking on a school excursion. He's a teenage boy, he can deal with it. If only he'd learn to keep his mouth closed. Crunchy, refreshing fiction from one of Australia's finest writers for young people.
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Pookie Aleera is Not My Boyfriend

Pookie Aleera is Not My Boyfriend

Steven Herrick

Young Adult / Poetry / Academic

A heart-warming tale about friendship, grief, and the importance of baked goods, this book tells the stories of the kids from Class 6A. There's Mick, school captain and sometime trouble-maker, who wants to make the school a better place, while his younger brother Jacob just wants to fly. There's shy and lonely Laura who hopes to finally fit in with a circle of friends, while Pete struggles to deal with his grandpa's sudden death. Popular Selina obsesses over class comedian Cameron, while Cameron obsesses over Anzac biscuits and Pookie Aleera—whoever that is! For new teacher Ms. Arthur, it's another world, but Mr. Korsky, the school groundskeeper, has seen it all before.
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Tom Jones Saves the World

Tom Jones Saves the World

Steven Herrick

Young Adult / Poetry / Academic

'I hate that wall. Everytime I go for a bike-ride Mum says, "Stay within the walls". So I ride around in circles, Like a circus animal. It's a prison. A prison for kids.' Dumb things become important when you're old. At least that's what Tom reckons like living in a guarded gate community, filling the three spare rooms with a bottle top collection or secretly belly dancing while everyone's out. When Tom meets Cleo the snake charmer, together they break-out, discover a bull that hasn't become a hamburger, visit Tom's forbidden grandfather and catch and boil yabbies by Murchison Creek. Another funny, quirky adventure about friendship, families and saving the world, from popular award-winning storyteller Steven Herrick.
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The Simple Gift

The Simple Gift

Steven Herrick

Young Adult / Poetry / Academic

When the paths of a runaway teenage boy, an old hobo, and a rich girl intersect in an abandoned train yard, each carries their own personal baggage. Over early mornings, long walks, and cheap coffee they discover, no matter how big or small, that it is the simple gifts in life that really make a difference. This special reissue of a bestselling and award-winning Australian classic is a life-affirming look at humanity, generosity, and love.
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Bleakboy and Hunter Stand Out in the Rain

Bleakboy and Hunter Stand Out in the Rain

Steven Herrick

Young Adult / Poetry / Academic

A new, laugh-out-loud novel from award-winning author Steven Herrick.Some things are too big for a boy to solve. Jesse is an eleven-year-old boy tackling many problems in life, especially fitting in to a new school. Luckily he meets Kate. She has curly black hair, braces and an infectious smile. She wants to‘Save the Whales’ and needs Jesse’s help. But they haven’t counted on Hunter, the school bully, who appears to enjoy hurling insults at random. With Hunter’s catchphrase ‘Ha!’ echoing through the school, something or someone has to give. But will it be Jesse? Kate? Or is there more to Hunter than everyone thinks? An inspiring and funny story about the small gestures that can help to make the world a better place.
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Black Painted Fingernails

Black Painted Fingernails

Steven Herrick

Young Adult / Poetry / Academic

When James drives out west to do a teaching round, he has no idea that a girl with wild hair and flowing black dress will change his direction completely. A captivating story of tender new friendship and self-discovery.'How about we toss a coin? Heads, it's west and a lift. Tails, it's still west, but no lift.'James is heading into the country on his first teacher-training round when a mysterious girl asks him for a ride. Sophie has him all worked out: 'You live with your parents and they bought you this car, and a very nice car it is too...' At first James can't see past her wild hair and attitude, but then Sophie trusts him with a secret she's been keeping too long.Steven Herrick masterfully reveals the essence of his characters in this tough and tender story about opening up to love and living a life that's true. Black Painted Fingernails is a captivating novel by the author of By the River and other popular, award-winning books.
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Naked Bunyip Dancing

Naked Bunyip Dancing

Steven Herrick

Young Adult / Poetry / Academic

With Carey the Hairy as their teacher, class 6C get into 'co-curricular activities' like poetry and belly dancing, and they put on a concert that is the best night of their lives. Funny, honest and full of likeable characters, this free verse story is perfect for 8-12s. Mr Carey the Hairy Billy the punk genius J-man the rapper Sophie the poet Ahmet the soccer star Jason the good kisser Anna the yoga master Peter the boy with the talking bottom Emily the ballerina Alex the artist Michael the salesman What a crazy class! And what a funny, unpredictable year - the year of Naked Bunyip Dancing - when the kids in Class 6C find out who they are, what they're good at, and how to put on a fantastic show.
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