The Build-Up Season
From the author of CBCA-shortlisted Yellow comes a powerful exploration of family and identity set against the humid build-up to the wet season in Darwin.
Seventeen-year-old Iliad Piper is named after war and angry at the world. Growing up with a violent father and abused mother, she doesn’t know how to do relationships, family or friends. A love-hate friendship with Max turns into a prank war, and she nearly destroys her first true friendship with misfit Mia. She takes off her armour for nobody, until she meets Jared, someone who's as complicated as she is.
Praise for The Build-Up Season
Ily Piper is fierce and vulnerable and so authentic. I loved her.Melina Marchetta
I raced through this book, reading it in great big, wonderful chunks. A ripping story with fabulous characters and an imaginative plot . . . [that] rings with a strong teenage truth . . . A really wonderful teenage story, with just the right amount of grit, adventure and emotion.The Herald Sun and Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin (review of Yellow)
This. Was. Amazing . . .Yellow is already my favourite book read in 2016 so far. Yellow is an enriching, thought-provoking, powerful book with fantastic characters and beautiful writing.youngadultatheart.com [review of Yellow]
Awards & recognition
Australian Family Therapists' Award for Children's Literature
Winner • 2018 • Older Readers
NSW Premier's Literary Awards
Shortlisted • 2018 • Ethel Turner Prize for Young People's Literature
REAL Children's Choice Awards
Shortlisted • 2019 • Fiction for Years 7–9