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  • Published: 28 March 2016
  • ISBN: 9780143573166
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $19.99


Shivaun Plozza’s debut novel, Frankie, is a genre-hopping, darkly funny novel about searching for the truth, finding yourself, and falling in love.

'Frankie's a great, gutsy character, full of heart.' — Melina Marchetta, author of Looking for Alibrandi

Frankie Vega is angry. Just ask the guy whose nose she broke. Or the cop investigating the burglary she witnessed, or her cheating ex-boyfriend or her aunt who's tired of giving second chances . . .

When a kid shows up claiming to be Frankie's half brother, it opens the door to a past she doesn't want to remember. And when that kid goes missing, the only person willing to help is a boy with stupidly blue eyes . . . and secrets of his own.

Frankie's search for the truth could change her life, or cost her everything.

  • Published: 28 March 2016
  • ISBN: 9780143573166
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $19.99

About the author

Shivaun Plozza

Shivaun Plozza is an award-winning Children’s and YA writer. Her critically acclaimed debut novel, Frankie, was a CBCA Notable Book, shortlisted for the Inky Awards, Highly Commended at the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards and won the YA category of the Davitt Awards. Her second novel, Tin Heart, was released in March 2018 – both of Shivaun's books have sold into multiple territories. Her short story ‘The Point’ is part of Where the Shoreline Used to Be, an anthology of YA fiction, and 'The Challenge' is part of the footy-themed collection for children Speccy-tacular AFL Stories. Other short works have appeared in various journals, magazines and anthologies. When she’s not writing she works as an editor and manuscript assessor.

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Praise for Frankie

Readers will love Frankie for her courage, passion, and honesty as a narrator, and supporting characters are equally well-drawn. A powerful debut about a girl learning to love despite the dangers.

ALA Booklist

Frankie's a great, gutsy character, full of heart.

Melina Marchetta

A gritty, darkly witty debut.

Kirkus Reviews

Original, and often obscenely funny. I frequently laughed aloud while reading Frankie.

Australian Book Review

This is a great debut novel from a fantastic new Australian author. It has everything YA fiction needs to be captivating: mystery, tough women, annoyingly cute bad boys, sarcasm, and humor. Highly recommended.

Readings Monthly

Awards & recognition

Sisters in Crime Davitt Award

Winner  •  2017  •  Best Young Adult Crime Novel

Victorian Premier's Literary Awards

Highly commended  •  2017  •  Writing for Young Adults

CBCA Book of the Year Awards

Shortlisted  •  2017  •  Older Readers

Inky Awards

Shortlisted  •  2017  •  Gold Inky Award for an Australian Book