As life slips away, Gabriel looks back over his brief twenty years that have been clouded by frustration and humiliation. A small town and distant parents ensure that he is never allowed to forget the horrific mistake he made as a child. He has only two friends – his dog Surrender, and the unruly wild boy Finnigan, with whom he made a boyhood pact.
When a series of arson attacks grips the town, Gabriel realises how unpredictable and dangerous Finnegan is. Events begin to spiral out of control, and it becomes clear that only the most extreme of measures will rid Gabriel of Finnegan for good.
Sonya Hartnett is the internationally acclaimed author of several
novels, including Thursday's Child, winner of the 2002 Guardian
Children's Fiction Prize, and Forest, winner of the 2002
Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year: Older Readers.
In 2003, her adult novel, Of a Boy, won The Age Book of
the Year and was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award.
In 2000 and again in 2003, Sonya Hartnett has been named one of The
Sydney Morning Herald Young Novelists of the Year. Her work has
been published internationally with editions available in the UK, US,
Canada, Germany, Italy, Norway and Denmark.
In 2004, The Silver Donkey was published to great critical
acclaim. It has won the 2005 Brisbane Courier Mail award for
young readers and was CBC Book of the Year (Young readers) in 2005.
Surrender was published in 2005. It was shortlisted for The
Age Book of the Year Award and the Aurealis Award - Fantasy
Division in 2005.
In 2008 Sonya was the recipient of The Astrid Lindgren Memorial
Award. The prize is awarded to authors, illustrators, narrators
and/or promoters of reading whose work reflects the spirit of Astrid
Lindgren. It is the first time this award has gone to an
Sonya's debut picture book, The Boy and the Toy, is being
published in 2010. Her latest novel for younger readers, The
Midnight Zoo, will be published in August 2010.
Sonya lives in Melbourne. She has a dog named Shilo and cat named