Future Girl explores what it means to come of age as a Deaf teenager, against the backdrop of a near-future Melbourne on the brink of environmental catastrophe.
Piper's mum wants her to be 'normal', to pass as hearing and get a good job. But when peak oil hits and Melbourne lurches towards environmental catastrophe, Piper has more important things to worry about, such as how to get food.
When she meets Marley, a CODA (child of Deaf adult), a door opens into a new world - where Deafness is something to celebrate rather than hide, and where resilience is created through growing your own food rather than it being delivered on a truck.
As she dives into learning Auslan, sign language that is exquisitely beautiful and expressive, Piper finds herself falling hard for Marley. But Marley, who has grown up in the Deaf community yet is not Deaf, is struggling to find his place in the hearing world. How can they be together?
Future Girl is the art journal of sixteen-year-old Piper, a visual extravaganza of text, paint, collage and drawings, woven into a deeply engaging coming-of-age story set in near-future Melbourne.
'A life-changing book for young Deaf and disabled people...demonstrating the importance of the #OwnVoices movement.' CARLY FINDLAY, OAM
'Asphyxia's work is brilliant: a deep, original insight, and a book that everyone should read.' JACKIE FRENCH, AM
'Asphyxia tilts the world sideways and invites you to see what was always there. Don't miss this book.' AMIE KAUFMAN
'Future Girl captures the...amazing feeling of belonging to a culture with its own language, community, history and traditions.' DRISANA LEVITZKE-GRAY, Young Australian of the Year 2015
'Beautiful, immersive…a sensory feast.' JACLYN MORIARTY
'I f*%#~ing love this book. Extraordinary…the reader emerges from the book completely transformed.' ADAM POTTLE
'I really enjoyed this gorgeous book and related to so many things. That is rare. I can't wait for the world to read Future Girl.' ANNA SEYMOUR
'Future Girl confronts the challenges ahead of us and will open minds and hearts to the possibility of other worlds.' SEAN WILLIAMS
Asphyxia is an artist, writer and public speaker. Author of the much-loved junior fiction series the Grimstones, Asphyxia has also been a circus performer and puppeteer. An avid art-journal creator, she loves to share her process and help others benefit from this amazing tool for self-expression, problem-solving, planning, goal-tracking and self-esteem.
Deaf since the age of three, Asphyxia learnt to sign when she was eighteen, which changed her life. She is now a Deaf activist, sharing details of Deaf experience. She raises awareness of oppression of Deaf people and what we can do to change this. Her free online Auslan course (www.asphyxia.com.au) has had over 15,000 students.
Asphyxia is kept busy with her small farm where she combines food-growing with art - creating a magical aesthetic with plants and natural elements.
Her novel for teens, Future Girl, combines all these passions.
Young adult fiction
Official selection Great Books Guide, BookTrust 2022 UK; Official selection Best Young Adult Fiction of 2021 list, Kirkus Reviews - THE WORDS IN MY HANDS (US title) 2022 US; Official selection Best 100 Young Adults Books of 2021 list, Kirkus Reviews - THE WORDS IN MY HANDS (US title) 2022 US; Official selection Read for Empathy Book Collection secondary schools list, Empathylab 2022 UK; Winner Best Book for Teens, American Library Association (ALA) Schneider Family Book Award- THE WORDS IN MY HANDS (US title) 2022 US; Official selection White Ravens list, International Youth Library Foundation 2021 DE; Winner Readings Young Adult Book Prize 2021 AU; Longlisted Book of the Year, Older Readers, CBCA Awards 2021 AU; Shortlisted Book of the Year for Older Children, ABIA Awards 2021 AU; Shortlisted Young Adult category, Indie Book Awards 2021 AU; Shortlisted Best Young Adult Novel, Aurealis Awards 2020 AU
A & U Children
Paperback - C format
13 - 16
Young adult fiction