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This Is Shyness

This Is Shyness

Leanne Hall

  • award* Winner, The Text Prize for Young Adult and Children's Writing, 2009
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  • award* Notable Book, CBCA Young Adult Fiction, 2011
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  • award* Shortlisted, WA Premier's Book Award for Young Adults, 2011
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  • award* Shortlisted, Gold Inky Award, 2011
  • A guy who howls. A girl on a mission to forget.

    In the suburb of Shyness, where the sun doesn’t rise and the border crackles with a strange energy, Wolfboy meets a stranger at the Diabetic Hotel. She tells him her name is Wildgirl, and she dares him to be her guide through the endless night.

    But then they are mugged by the sugar-crazed Kidds. And what plays out is moving, reckless…dangerous. There are things that can only be said in the dark. And one long night is time enough to change your life.

    One of Leanne’s talented fans has created a wonderful illustration of Wolfboy and Wildgirl in Shyness. Have a look and a read of her blog here.

    Leanne Hall
    About the Author

    Leanne Hall is an author of young adult and children’s fiction. Her debut novel, This Is Shyness, won the Text Prize for Children’s and Young Adult Writing, and was followed by a sequel, Queen of the Night. Her novel for younger readers, Iris and the Tiger, won the Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children’s Literature at the 2017 NSW Premier’s...

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    272 pp
    Text publication date:
    2 August 2010
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    adventure, romance, friendship, alienation
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    It’s original; it’s edgy; it skirts the borders of fantasy while being anchored in the real world, and it’s totally absorbing. The long night is over, but we know the story continues. More please.

    Exquisitely original and certainly unique, This Is Shyness is not a novel you will forget in a hurry. Wildgirl and Wolfboy are characters I assure you, you will remember forever.

    Refreshingly original, Hall’s debut novel has a genuine edge. It’s Bladerunner meets Peter Pan with a bit of sweetness, sadness and tension.

    For more mature readers who choose to trespass into the realm of young adult fiction, This is Shyness is just the book to revive a faded sense of rebellion and adventure.

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    • This Is Shyness
      ISBN: 9781921799341
      9 August 2010
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