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The Ink Bridge (Allen & Unwin, 2012)
A remarkable and gripping story about one refugee boy on a desperate journey from Afghanistan, and the Australian boy who befriends him.
Omed is a boy from Afghanistan. After making an enemy of the Taliban on the day the Buddhas of Bamiyan are destroyed, he undertakes a perilous journey to seek asylum in Australia. Hector is a grieving Australian boy who has given up on school and retreated into silence.
Their paths meet at a candle factory where they both find work. But secrets fester behind the monotonous routine of assembling wax and wicks - secrets with terrible consequences. And, ultimately, it is up to Hector to see how the story ends.
Omed's and Hector's beautifully told and compelling journeys will grip hold of your heart and not let go.
'This deceptively slim volume accomplishes no mean feat: working as a young-adult novel that tackles weighty political issues while delivering all the action and suspense an easily distracted teen reader could ask for. It's a forked narrative that brings together two radically different worlds.'
Winner, Queensland Literary Awards, 2012
Shortlisted, Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature, Young Adult Fiction, 2014
Shortlisted, NSW Premier's Literary Awards, Ethel Turner Prize for Young People's Literature, 2013
Winner, Fellowship of Australian Writers National Literary Awards, Barbara Ramsden Award, 2012
Commended, Fellowship of Australian Writers National Literary Awards, Christina Stead Award, 2012
Honour book, CBCA Book of the Year Awards, Older Readers Category, 2013
Short-listed, West Australian Premier's Book Awards, Young Adult Fiction, 2012
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Indo Dreaming (Allen & Unwin, 2005)
I saw Castro die. A week later, the postcards started. One a month - Indonesian Breaks, steep peaks over sharp coral. All signed: Castro. Goog's best mate Castro vanished into the Southern Ocean, but his body was never found. So Goog flies north, chasing the ghost of his dead friend. He hooks up with Niagara - a young American hunting his own illusions - and together they set off on a wild, gritty, surf odyssey. But are they actually at the mercy of an unseen puppet master, and what will they find in the surreal shadow-lands of Indonesia? From the author of Rhino Chasers, Indo Dreaming is a vivid and enigmatic novel for anyone who has the spirit of travel wedged in their soul.
'Grant's ability to take the reader into the wild and foreign Indonesia is a delight.'
Ben Beaton, Australian Bookseller and Publisher
'Indo Dreaming is a great book to read when you have sand between your toes or even salt water on the brain.'
Kirrily, aged 15, Canberra, ACT
Shortlisted for the Queensland Premier's Award 2005
Shortlisted for the Melbourne Prize Best Writing Award 2006
Rhino Chasers (Allen & Unwin, 2002)
A DEAD-END LIFE A BIG-WAVE DREAM AN EPIC SURFARI
School's out, but Goog is about to learn three new Rs - relationships, responsibility and revenge - as he and Castro go barreling across the country in Aldo's old Kingswood. Sharks the size of trucks, a sinister hitchhiker, campervan tourists, neo-Nazis, wild-haired surf fiends - three guys can get into a lot of trouble covering four thousand kilometres of coastline.
'Grant's vivid description of surfing action is awesome; likewise his ability to describe changing landscapes in a few strokes… The best surfing novel since Kem Nunn's Dogs of Winter'
Mike Shuttleworth, Australian Bookseller and Publisher
'I thought this was a great book and especially liked the way the characters related to each other, in terms of the language they use - the imagery was fantastic and I would urge everyone, 16 years and older to race out and buy a copy.'
Riannon Leonarder, Year 11 (Illawarra Mercury)