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An unmissable novel from the award-winning author of The Story of Tom Brennan.

An unmissable novel from the award-winning author of The Story of Tom Brennan.

On Damon Styles's eighteenth birthday, he is expelled from school. But it's what happens afterwards that changes everything.

Now Damon must come up with a plan. It's the only way he can think straight. First, get his firearms licence. Then, see if the Pigman will give him a job - pig hunting will teach Damon what he needs to know. And he'd better get a lock for his wardrobe so his mother won't find what he's hiding.

Damon's taking matters into his own hands - but so is the town of Strathven.

A confronting, powerful story for young adults in the vein of J.C. Burke's CBCA award-winner The Story of Tom Brennan.


J.C Burke's impressive track record continues with her new book. It may attract some controversy but it also raises awareness of the issues of bullying and boys ... Burke doesn't hold back with Damon's narrative. It's hard-hitting, shocking and brutally honest ... Burke captures the emotions of a victim being pushed to the edge and lets the readers make up their own mind about him. You won't be forgetting Damon in a while ... PIG BOY is an intelligent novel that pushes you out of your comfort zone. A riveting book that's hard to put down. Highly recommended for ages 15 and up.

Oliver Phommavanh, Buzz Words Books

I haven't been this impressed with a main character in quite some time ... But it's not just Damon who shines in PIG BOY . . . JC Burke has created an absolutely unforgettable cast of characters in PIG BOY, and I have no doubt that this confronting book will appeal to everyone who has ever felt like the world is against them.

Holly Harper, Children's Book Specialist, www.readings.com.au

There were moments reading PIG BOY that I could barely breathe, such was the tension. There were moments when I was put in mind of Robert Cormier, as the reading journey grew darker. There was never a moment when I wanted to put down this taut story about small town perceptions and prejudices ... JC Burke is at her best writing challenging, thought-provoking novels for older readers.


Burke transforms what looks like a bullied in school story to a tension stayed thriller that asks bigger questions about the nature of violence and revenge.

Ernie Tucker, Choices for English: Books, Films and Other Texts That Work

Winner, Best Crime Fiction 2012

Ned Kelly Awards

Longlisted for the Golden Inky 2011

Inky Awards

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    May 2, 2011

    Woolshed Press

    336 pages

    RRP $19.99

    Online retailers

    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Amazon
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    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Dymocks
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop

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  • EBook


    May 2, 2011

    Random House Australia

    336 pages

    Online retailers

    • iBooks
    • Amazon Kindle AU
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    • eBooks
    • Google Play EBook AU
    • Kobo

Awards and Recognition

  • Ned Kelly Awards
    Best Crime Fiction
  • Inky Awards
    Gold Inky Award for an Australian Book

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