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The Museum of Broken Things

The Museum of Broken Things

Lauren Draper

  • awardShortlisted, Young Adult Prize, The Readings Prize, 2022
  • awardShortlisted, Young Adult, Indie Book Awards, 2023
  • awardLonglisted, Kids & YA, Booktopia Favourite Australian Book Award, 2022
  • awardLonglisted, CBCA Book of the Year, Older Readers, 2023
  • I didn’t always live here. Not so long ago I was living in a thriving metropolis with more than one coffee shop on each block and four full bars of reception. I went to Heathmont High School, home to one thousand students, two best friends, a deeply average orchestra, and one cursed statue. Well, allegedly.

    Reece still isn’t used to living in the small beachside town of Hamilton: she misses her old school, her old friends and her old life. She can’t go back and she can’t move forward: nothing feels right anymore. Not that she’s trying very hard—she hasn’t even unpacked yet, and the only new friend she’s made is a middle-aged barista.

    But when Reece inherits a strange artefact that belonged to her beloved grandmother, she begins to unravel a mystery that might change the way she feels about everything around her, including her charismatic classmate Gideon…

    A lively, witty novel about letting go of the past and finding your place in the world, The Museum of Broken Things introduces a dazzling new voice in contemporary fiction.


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    Lauren Draper
    About the Author

    Lauren Draper is a Melbourne-based writer and marketing professional. She is a graduate of RMIT’s Professional Writing and Editing program and now works in children’s publishing—she loves nothing more than a story infused with magic, hijinks and a touch of nostalgia. The Museum of Broken Things, her debut novel, was acquired after it was...

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    ‘A clear-eyed, absorbing and atmospheric story of loss (and love) that pulls you in, then warmly holds you there.’

    ‘Lauren Draper’s The Museum of Broken Things is a warm, heartfelt debut that masterfully explores the lingering pain of grief and the power of love, family and friendship.’

    ‘Lauren Draper’s debut YA novel immediately had me hooked…The well-crafted dialogue is filled with humour and emotion, while romance, friendship, family—and everything in between—help build our heroine’s confidence and self-worth. Fans of Nina Kenwood’s It Sounded Better in My Head and Lisa Walker’s smart and sassy character Olivia Grace will not be disappointed by Draper’s highly detailed coming-of-age mystery.’

    ‘Grabs your attention and emotions right from the start…A story with a lot of heart and some great humour. Highly recommended for ages 14+.’

    ‘[A] well-crafted story dealing with teenage friendship and romance as well as a psychological journey into grief and the struggle of dealing with trauma.’

    ‘A totally absorbing first novel by Lauren Draper’

    ‘A heartfelt and heart-warming debut.’

    ‘It feels like a mystery, it feels like a love story…it also feels like you’re actually in the room with characters Reece and Gideon, which is an absolute credit to Lauren’s lovely writing. Pick this up for an exploration of grief—and the challenges of moving forward—executed in a wonderfully witty way.’

    ‘A generous, kind, thoughtful voice, one which is sustained on each page of [Lauren Draper’s] debut novel…The Museum of Broken Things is an admirably candid, honest and reflective account.’

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