MY BOOKS


NOTES FROM THE TEENAGE UNDERGROUND
Me, Lo and Mira were like the good things that came in threes: wishes, kings, back-up singers. But we could be bad too. We climbed aboard the bus. Bliss Dartford – Miss Priss Popularity – sang out ‘here come the frrreaks!’, and the sucker peers stirred and snickered but this just confirmed what we already knew: we were cool, unique, original. Everybody else was barcode...
Taking their anti-social edge one step further, seventeen-year-old Gem and her friends Mira and Lo have decided to go Underground. Their activities will be "extreme", "anti-establishment", "avant-garde" and "debauched".
While Gem makes an underground film and Mira sets about pursuing "boys-without-barcodes" no one knows what it is that Lo – the most subversive of the three – has planned. But in the back of her mind, Gem's worried. She feels the balance of the trio's friendship is always weighted against her. And as the weeks draw closer to Christmas, appearances start to deceive and relationships flounder. For all the promise of the group, Underground seems a dark place to be.

It will take great films, bad poetry and a pantheon of inspirational guides – from Andy Warhol to Germaine Greer – to help Gem work out the true meaning of friendship, where family fits in, and that the best parts of life aren't always underground.

WINNER – Victorian Premier's Literary Awards for Young Adult Fiction 2007
WINNER – Gold Inky, Inside a Dog's teenage choice awards, 2007
CBCA Notable book !


EVERYTHING BEAUTIFUL
I believe in Chloe and chocolate. I believe the best part is always before. I believe that most girls are shifty and most guys are dumb. I believe the more you spill, the less you are. I don't believe in life after death or diuretics or happy endings. I don't believe anything good can come from this. Riley Rose doesn't want to be at Spirit Ranch Holiday Camp. Riley wants to be partying with her best friend Chloe at the beautiful Ben Sebatini's house. She has a plan to get away from the jumpsuit-wearing counsellors, the feel-good mantras, do-gooder campers and the monotonous schedule of team-building exercises and outdoor activities.
But Spirit Ranch is not what it appears. Secrets abound — a missing shroud, an abandoned house, a boy called Bird, and why the hell doesn't anyone want to talk about the accident that landed the mysterious Dylan in a wheelchair last year?
Everything Beautiful – a love story about the broken and the broken-hearted.

Shortlisted 2009 Inky Awards
Finalist in 2009 Melbourne Prize for Best Writing




GIRL DEFECTIVE


We, the Martin family, were like inverse superheroes, marked by our defects. Dad was addicted to beer and bootlegs. Gully had "social difficulties" that manifested in his wearing a pig snout mask 24-7. I was surface clean but underneath a weird hormonal stew was simmering...
It's summer in St Kilda. Fifteen-year-old Sky is looking forward to great records and nefarious activities with Nancy, her older, wilder friend. Her brother - Super Agent Gully - is on a mission to unmask the degenerate who bricked the shop window. Bill the Patriarch seems content to drink while the shop slides into bankruptcy. A poster of a mysterious girl and her connection to Luke, the tragi-hot new employee sends Sky on an exploration into the dark heart of the suburb. What begins as a toe-dip into wilder waters will end up changing the frames of Sky's existence. Love is strange. Family Rules. In between there are teenage messes, rock star spawn, violent fangirls, creepy old guys and accidents waiting to happen. If the world truly is going to hell in a hand-basket then at least the soundtrack is kicking.
Sky Martin is Girl Defective: funny, real and dark at the edges.

Shortlisted 2013 Inky Awards
FInalist 2013 Prime MInister's Literary Awards

TAKE THREE GIRLS
(with Cath Crowley and Fiona Wood)
"This beautifully crafted, lively novel captures the good and the bad of female friendship" Bec Kavanagh Books + Publishing, 5 stars. 

3 award-winning authors.
1 compelling book.
ADY - not the confident A-Lister she appears to be.
KATE - brainy boarder taking risks to pursue the music she loves.
CLEM - disenchanted swim-star losing her heart to the wrong boy.
All are targeted by PSST, a toxic website that deals in gossip and lies. St Hilda's antidote to the cyber-bullying? The Year 10 Wellness program. Nice try - but sometimes all it takes is three girls.
Exploring friendship, feminism, identity and belonging. Take Three Girls is honest, raw and funny

AWARDS

Long-listed for ABIA Book of the Year for Older Children 2018Long-listed for ABIA Book of the Year for Older Children 2018

Long-listed for Inky Awards 2018Long-listed for Inky Awards 2018

Short-listed for Indie Book Awards Young Adult 2018Short-listed for Indie Book Awards Young Adult 2018

Short-listed for Indie Book Awards Young Adult 2018WINNER CBCA Book of The Year Older Readers 2018

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