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SHORTLISTED, 2019 SMALL PRESS NETWORK MOST UNDERRATED BOOK AWARDS
A coming of age story about four boys and their lot in life. Recounted through storytelling sessions at their school over a period of five days, these boys chronicle their lives. They are at times demanding, occasionally rude, always funny and unexpectedly profound. The boys like to challenge themselves and the rules, and soon realise that not everything goes to plan…
"A fantastic book – providing a springboard into so many conversations relevant to young adults – conversations about family, belonging, racism and risk-taking."
– Madelaine Dickie, National Indigenous Times
"Brontide should prove to be a simultaneously accessible and engaging read for high school readers… It is to McPherson’s credit that readability and accessibility have not come at the expense of thematic or literary worth: far from it. Important ideas about race, culture and especially masculinity are all waiting to be unravelled and discussed."
– Daniel Howard, Teacher, New Town High School (Tasmania)
"Utterly unpretentious, this is a hidden gem that would particularly appeal to reluctant teen—or even adult—readers who still want complex and nuanced storytelling."
– 2019 Most Underrated Book Award Judging Panel