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Two friends. One book of revenge. Zero consequences?

Two friends. One book of revenge. Zero consequences?

As a soldier’s daughter, Romola’s been to six schools in eight years, always having to make new friends … and now enemies. Meanwhile, Sebastian’s mum is about to make the biggest mistake of their lives, unless Sebastian can find his dad in time to stop her.

Thrown together by chance, these two thirteen-year-olds set out to even the score. But once that big old ball of revenge starts rolling down the hill, there’s not an awful lot they can do to stop it … or is there?

Shortlisted for the 2013 Prime Minister's Literary Awards


The Beginner’s Guide to Revenge is a great read with lively characters, engaging storyline, warmth and humour. Musgrove’s writing is tight, crafted with plenty of subtext; well thought out imagery and symbolism cleverly supports the story ... The text explores themes of friendship, fitting in, payback, consequences, forgiveness, separation, loss, resilience, hope and change. Musgrove delves into these fearlessly in a way that will certainly capture the attention, and feed into the interests and concerncs of an audience on the cusp of their teens. Recommended.

Carole Poustie, Magpies

For readers of Marianne’s books, there is a lovely familiarity with her new one … This is a very clever look at revenge and whether it’s as sweet as it promises to be and if it is any kind of solution to what is truly wrong. Clever, funny and moving.

Deborah Abela, ABC Radio Canberra Drive Show with Louise Maher

This is a light, fun, warm-hearted tale about friendship, revenge and standing up for yourself ... Excellent for mature 10+ readers.


Funny, sweet and with a big heart, The Beginner's Guide to Revenge is a story kids will enjoy and learn from.


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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    August 1, 2012

    Woolshed Press

    192 pages

    RRP $15.99

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  • EBook


    August 1, 2012

    Random House Australia

    192 pages

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