Because of You

 Shortlisted - Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 2018

Highly Recommended - Reading Time, Children's Book Council of Australia

Top 100 Great Reads by Australian Women - Readings

Librarians' Choice - Book of the Month

Meet Tiny and Nola. Two very different girls with two very different stories who are just trying to find a place to belong. A powerful and compelling novel about friendship, love and acceptance.

Everyone has a story.

Tiny is an eighteen-year-old girl living on the streets in Sydney, running from her small-town past. At a temporary homeless shelter, she meets Nola, a high school student on volunteer placement. Both girls share their love of words through the Hope Lane writing group. Can they share their secrets, too?

Told through the eyes of both Tiny and Nola as they negotiate their way through homelessness, shifting friendships, betrayals, addiction and a little bit of romance, Because of You explores the vastly different coming-of-age stories of two girls who are learning to find their individual strengths

  • This story speaks for those who are voiceless, its message one of empathy and hope. I loved it.
    — Kirsty Eagar, author Summer Skin
  • Because of You is a hopeful story about human resilience and the life-changing power of discovering your best friend
    — Books + Publishing
  • A powerful coming-of-age story filled with beautiful and heartbreaking moments. Pip Harry’s exploration of teen homelessness, mental health, self-acceptance and friendship left me covered in goosebumps and fighting back tears.
    — Gabrielle Tozer, award-winning author of Remind Me How This Ends

Head of the River

Long and shortlisted: State Library of Victoria’s Gold Inky award; Adelaide Festival Literary awards

It’s the most elite school sporting event in the country. Nine rowers, 2000 gruelling metres and one chance for glory in the ultimate team sport. Sit forward … ROW.

Tall, gifted and the offspring of Olympians, superstar siblings Leni and Cristian Popescu are set to row Harley Grammar to victory in the Head of the River.
With six months until the big race, the twins can’t lose. Or can they?

When Cristian is seduced by the easy route of performance-enhancing drugs, and Leni is suffocated with self-doubt, their bright futures start to fade. Juggling family, high expectations, study, break-ups, new relationships and wild parties, the pressure builds.

As the final moments tick down to the big race, who will make it to the start line? And who will plummet from grace?

An engaging contemporary YA set in the world of competitive school rowing.

  • The tension, tragedy, technical background and team dynamics are all exemplary and the characters rise real from the page.
    — Adelaide Advertiser
  • Flows fast and deep and occasionally treacherous. I loved it.
    — Simmone Howell
  • If you have a hankering for great new takes on contemporary Australia and strong characterisations, this book is definitely for you!
    — Inside a Dog
  • The struggles these two teenagers face will speak volumes to readers.
    — Books + Publishing

I'll Tell You Mine

Winner: Australian Family Therapists Children’s Literature award  

Kate Elliot isn’t trying to fit in – that’s the whole point of being a goth, isn’t it? Everything about her – from her hair to her clothes – screams different and the girls at her school give her a wide berth. How can Kate be herself, really herself, when she's hiding her big secret? The one that landed her in boarding school in the first place. She's buried it down deep but it always seems to surface. 

But then sometimes your soul mates sneak up on you in the most unlikely of places. Like Norris Grammar Boarding School for Girls, where's she's serving a life sentence, no parole, because her parents kicked her out.

So, how do you take that first step and reveal your secrets when you’re not sure that people want to see the real you?

  • A boarding school setting plus great characters plus plenty of heart definitely equals a great read.
    — Bookseller + Publisher
  • I loved it. It has three of my favourite ingredients: boarding school, great characters and a lot of heart.
    — Melina Marchetta
  • It kept me riveted … holding enough back to keep me turning the pages into the wee hours of the night!
    — The Big Book Club
  • A beautiful debut which expertly captures the struggle to find your identity, fall in love, and survive high school
    — Viewpoint