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  • Published: 31 August 2009
  • ISBN: 9780143009337
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240
  • RRP: $19.99

Swerve




Hugh is 16. He loves cello, he's a closet car fanatic, and he has no luck with girls. When his grandfather, Poppy, asks him to go on one last road trip to Uluru in his 1970 Holden HG Monaro GTS 350 V8, Hugh decides, for once in his life, to do the unexpected. Little does he know that Poppy has an ulterior motive . . . one that would take both their lives in a direction they never expected . . .

One of the country's finest young cellists, 16 year-old Hugh Twycross has a very bright future. A future that has been mapped out by his parents, his teachers, by everybody, it seems, except Hugh Twycross.

Hugh has a secret, though: he loves cars and he loves car racing. When his newly discovered grandfather, Poppy, asks him to go on a road trip to Uluru in his 1970 Holden HT Monaro, Hugh decides, for once in his life, to do the unexpected.

As they embark on a journey into the vast and fierce landscape of the Australian interior, Hugh discovers that Poppy has a secret that will unravel both their lives and take them in a direction they never expected.

  • Pub date: 31 August 2009
  • ISBN: 9780143009337
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Phillip Gwynne

Phillip Gwynne's first novel Deadly Unna? was a literary hit and was made into the feature film Australian Rules for which Phillip won an AFI award. The sequel, Nukkin Ya, was also published to great acclaim.
He writes for a wide range of age groups from picture books such as Brothers From a Different Mother and junior fiction such as Jetty Rats and Michael in the Stuff Happens series, to the young adult novel Swerve, shortlisted for many awards amongst them the 2010 Prime Minister's Award and the Golden Inky.

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Awards & Recognition

  • APA Book Design Awards

    Winner • 2010 • Best Designed YA Book

  • Inky Awards

    Shortlisted • 2010 • Gold Inky Award for an Australian Book

  • Prime Minister's Literary Award

    Shortlisted • 2010 • Young Adult Fiction

  • Queensland Literary Awards

    Shortlisted • 2010 • Young Adult Book

  • Victorian Premier's Literary Award

    Shortlisted • 2010 • Writing for Young Adults

  • CBCA Book of the Year Awards

    Notable Book • 2010 • Older Readers


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