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A Shadow's Breath - Nicole Hayes

Paperback Published: 30th January 2017
ISBN: 9780143781097
Number Of Pages: 336

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A compelling story of heartbreak, courage and forgiveness from the award-winning author of The Whole of My World and One True Thing.

Then, things were looking up for Tessa. Her mum was finally getting back on track. Tessa had started seeing Nick. She was making new friends. She’d even begun to paint again.

Now, Tessa and Nick are trapped in the car after a corner taken too fast. Injured, stranded in the wilderness, at the mercy of the elements, the question becomes one of survival. But Tessa isn’t sure if she wants to be found. Not after what she saw. Not after what she remembered.

About the Author

When Nicole Hayes isn't yelling at the Hawks on TV or sharing hosting duties on the all-female AFL podcast, The Outer Sanctum, she teaches writing and writes fiction, essays and scripts. Her debut novel, The Whole of My World, was published in 2013 and was shortlisted for a Young Australians Best Book Award and longlisted for the Gold Inky Award. One True Thing, Nicole's second novel, won the Children's Peace Literature Award, is a CBCA Notable Book and was shortlisted for the WA Premier's Book Awards.

She has also co-edited an anthology of footy stories,From the Outer: Footy Like You've Never Heard It, with Alicia Sometimes. Nicole lives in Melbourne with her husband, two daughters and a dog called Brody.


Great YA book for all!


Although this would be classified as a YA novel, it's a great read for all. Both myself and my 14yo daughter loved it. It is moving, deals with tough issues in a genuine way, and is very well-written and coherent.



Great read.


Nicole Hayes has done it again - it's a cracking read.


Broke my heart - in the very best way


Oh this book made me cry and swoon. Then it cracked my heart by degrees, before starting the process of bandaging it up again. I want more people to read this book so I can talk to them about it. It was so powerful and raw in places, I sometimes had to stop and simply breathe for a while. I don't care if I earned strange looks on public transport, it was worth it. Nicole Hayes has written a brilliant book. She takes the reader from 'Now' where events are happening in the present, to 'Then' in the recent past as the main character, Tessa, adapts to high school life, a new boyfriend, a reputation as a weirdo and a best friend she's on the verge of losing. The family dynamic is familiar to so many teens, and powerful. The parent figure, who should be there to protect and offer sanctuary, has failed in her most basic duty. Now she's 'off the booze' and doing her best, but Tess isn't ready to trust her yet. In beautiful instalments, the relationship between mother and daughter is tested and strengthened. But it's the journey of the 'Now' that will truly put Tesss to the test. She's trapped in a car wreck after taking the corner too quickly. As she pulls herself together, she seeks safety while surrounded by dangerous elements, such as a nearing bushfire, lack of water, and recovered memories from emotinal wounds. It's so good, and it will also blindside you with how much emotion Hayes can elicit from the sparest of words. Please read this book, it's stunning.

Melbourne, Victoria


A Shadow's Breath

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ISBN: 9780143781097
ISBN-10: 014378109X
Audience: Children
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 30th January 2017
Publisher: Random House Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 20.0 x 13.0  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.23