'Wouldn't it be funny if they were real?'
'Shiny red men?'
'What if I were the sane one and everyone else was mad?'
One night, the shiny guys visit fifteen-year-old Colin Lapsley. They don't speak, but Colin can read their thoughts. They want him to pay for the terrible thing that he has done. When the shiny guys won't go away, Colin is admitted to ward 44. There he discovers an alien world, a powerful weapon, a gentle giant, and a girl who may be able to see what he can see.
The Shiny Guys is a dark, sometimes funny novel about how fantasy and reality can merge, especially when electricity is involved.
About the Author
Doug MacLeod is a Melbourne writer of books and TV. In 2008 the Australian Writers' Guild awarded him the Fred Parsons award for contribution to Australian comedy. (He has worked as a writer on shows such as Fast Forward and SeaChange, and as script editor on three seasons of Kath and Kim.)
He also devised and co-wrote the animated series Dogstar, which has been screened all over the world. Doug received two Australian Writers' Guild awards for his scripts for series one, as well as the inaugural John Hinde award for science fiction.
His best known book is Sister Madge's Book of Nuns, which started as a practical joke on a publisher.
He left his full-time TV job in 2002 to focus on writing books for young adults. So far he has had six novels published by Penguin. The most recent is The Life of a Teenage Body-snatcher. One of his novels, The Clockwork Forest, was presented as a play by The Sydney Theatre Company in 2008.
For Ages: 9 - 11 years old
For Grades: 4 - 6
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 22nd February 2012
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.0 x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.25
Edition Number: 1