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An alarming glimpse into our future from acclaimed Australian author Georgia Blain.

I am a Lotto Girl. I should not be here. Why haven’t they come for me?
Fern Marlow is alone, datawiped and in hiding. Her mobie says she’s Delia Greene, a ReCorp refuse sorter. Every day she queues to work, to earn just enough to stay alive. Every night she dreams of the past and the life she’s meant to be living, back at Halston, an exclusive school for those wealthy enough – or lucky enough – to be genetically designed.

Her rescuers said her former life was a lie, that she can trust no one. They also said they’d come back for her, and they haven’t.

Fern doesn’t know who to believe. To uncover the truth, and save herself, Fern must answer the one question she can’t face. Is she special?
An alarming glimpse into our future from acclaimed Australian author Georgia Blain.
'Terrifying, prophetic and beautiful' - James Bradley, author of CLADE


Terrifying, prophetic and beautiful

James Bradley, author of CLADE

Special is smart, complex, nuanced and deeply thought provoking . . . Here at last is a dystopian story that challenges us with big themes and ideas; Special is a must read for those who love smart, sophisticated storytelling – girls in particular will love following Fern’s development journey from unlikable, incurious child to a thoughtful and spirited young adult.

Athina Clarke, readings.com.au

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    March 28, 2016

    Random House Australia Children's

    336 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • EBook


    March 28, 2016

    RHA eBooks Child

    336 pages

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The Museum of Words: A Memoir of Language, Writing, and Mortality
Between a Wolf and a Dog
The Secret Lives of Men
Strange Times
Strange Times (Storycuts)
Too Close To Home
Births Deaths Marriages


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Charlie And The Chocolate Factory
George's Marvellous Medicine
Charlie And The Great Glass Elevator
United As One
If I Stay
You Choose 12: City of Robots
Artemis Fowl
House of Robots: Robot Revolution
Thirteen Reasons Why
Double Down: Diary of a Wimpy Kid (BK11)
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children FTI
Dog Days
Who Sank The Boat?
Each Peach Pear Plum
Girl Online
The Upside Of Unrequited