A compelling coming-of-age story for teenagers from much-loved Australian author and media personality, Andrew Daddo.
Hendrix’s father has a vision – to see Hendrix run for Australia at the Olympics. His days are completely mapped out – what he eats, when he trains, when he sleeps, even the air he breathes.
There was never room in that vision for a girl, especially in the lead-up to the Nationals. Yet fate works in funny ways, and when Hendrix literally bowls Emily over on a training run, he just can’t get her out of his head. His life and priorities take a turn as he falls for her.
But Emily has a deadly secret that she’s scared to share even with Hendrix. As their bond grows and Hendrix strays further from his father’s strict regime, the tension builds to a heart-wrenching climax.
“... everyone will recognise the lead character here. An outstanding athletic talent being driven by his family to success - and the Olympics. With everything going to plan, until Hendrix bumps into Emily. Daddo has done an excellent job of keeping this on track to a dramatic denouement.”
“…. messages about friendship, multiculturalism, family, bullying, leadership and, most importantly, being brave enough to just be yourself.”
Carissa Mason, CBCA Reading Time