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Kieran wants to be part of the in-group at school. He wants to be on the football team. He wants to fit in. But then his cousin Bon turns up. Bon doesn’t know anything about fitting in – he looks different, he wears the wrong clothes, and he says weird things. Kieran just wants to ignore Bon, but soon he is forced to make a choice. Which is more important – being popular, or doing the right thing?
- Combines topical issues of bullying, acceptance and friendships into a sensitive story.
Simon French grew up in Sydney’s west, and had his first novel while he was still at high school. He has written several novels and picture books, published in Australia and overseas. His work is praised by critics and has won several awards, including the 1987 Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Award for All We Know. Change the Locks was an Honor Book in 1992. His most recent novel, Where in the World, won the 2003 NSW Premier s Literary Award for Children s Literature, and was shortlisted for the 2003 CBCA Book of the Year for Younger Readers, long listed for the 2003 Guardian Children s Fiction Prize and nominated to the IBBY Honor List in 2004. Simon is a primary school teacher in the Hawkesbury region of New South Wales.
The Australian Family Therapists’ award for children’s literature -The Twenty-Sixth Annual Award for books published in 2012