A funny, poignant, heartwarming story of first love, first job, friends, family and the inevitability of change in the first summer out of school.
School is over, not just for the year, but forever. Tiff and Kayla are free, which is what they've always wanted, but now summer is nearly at and end and that means life decisions. Tiff is hoping her job at the local paper will lead to something more... But 'The Shark' soon puts her straight on what it takes to become a hard-nosed reporter like him. At home, Reggie - the only grandad Tiff's ever known - has quit the smokes and diagnosed himself as cactus. Then Kayla hits her with some big news. And into all this stumbles Davey, the first boy who has ever really wanted to know her.
Tiff is smart with words and rarely does tears, but in one short week she discovers that words don't always get you there; they don't let you say all the stuff from deep in your heart.
Praise for Bill Condon: 'Condon presents readers with confronting and emotive issues ... Yet he still manages to weave humour, tenderness, love and mateship into the framework of the novel.' - Sun Herald
Shortlisted, 2013, REAL (Reading and Enjoying Australian Literature) Awards - Fiction for Years 7-9
Shortlisted, 2012 Prime Minister's Literary Award for Young Adult Fiction
Honour Book, 2012 Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year Award - Older Readers
Shortlisted, 2012 NSW Premier's Literary Awards
Bill Condon was born in 1949 and lives with his wife Dianne (Di) Bates, also a children's author, in the seaside town of Woonona, on the south coast of New South Wales. He left school at the first chance he got and worked in an assortment of jobs before a chance meeting with Larry Rivera, the editor of a local weekly newspaper, led Bill into a career as a journalist. He left journalism to devote himself full-time to writing for children, and in 2010 Bill was the winner of the inaugural Prime Minister's Literary Award for Young Adult Fiction for his book Confessions of a Liar, Thief and Failed Sex God. When not writing, Bill plays tennis, snooker, and Scrabble, but hardly ever at the same time. His dream is to receive a wildcard invitation to play tennis at Wimbledon - if nothing else, his knees would provide great comic relief for the spectators.