The 2016 winner of the Text Prize for Children's and YA Writing brings us a raw, funny and truthful take on two young people tackling grief, loss and first love
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|Library of Congress
||Teenagers, Friendship, Bildungsromans, Schools, Grief
||Young Adult Fiction
Description of this Book
Since Ava lost Kelly, things haven't been going so well. Even before she gets thrown out of school for shouting at the principal, there's the simmering rage and all the weird destructive choices. The only thing going right for Ava is her job at Magic Kebab. Which is where she meets Gideon. Skinny, shy, anxious Gideon. A mad poet and collector of vinyl records with an aversion to social media. He lives in his head. She lives in her grief. The only people who can help them move on with their lives are each other.
Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings
Winner of Text Prize for Young Adult & Children's Writing 2016 (Australia)
Short-listed for The Readings Young Adult Book Prize 2018 (Australia)
Short-listed for Gold Inky Award-Australian Titles 2018 (Australia)
Short-listed for ABIA Book of the Year for Older Children (Ages 13+) 2018 (Australia)
Short-listed for ABDA Best Designed YA Cover: Imogen Stubbs 2018 (Australia)
||'A raw, affecting coming-of-age story that starts a conversation about mental health.' Readings 'Claire is such a lovely bubble of positivity. I'm excited to see what she brings to Aussie YA.' Danielle Binks, Alpha Reader
Claire Christian is a novelist and playwright who lives in Brisbane. She has had three plays published by Playlab, and her play Bloom was shortlisted for the Griffin Award in 2009. She was one of the YWCA Queensland 100 leading women in 2013.