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SHORTS

Young adult fiction

This collection of 16 short stories for young adults features three of mine. It's used in Australian schools to study the short story form, so each story includes a writer's note plus discussion questions and activities for students.

stories

Big Sister
Half Life
The Skaters

Details

John Wiley & Sons Australia – 1999

  • ISBN 070163443X (paperback)

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The day my big sister Victoria turned sixteen and started working at the supermarket I was still only ten years old. She summoned me to her treehouse to tell me that she felt that everything in her life up to now had been only preparation. Now, she said, her real life would begin.
— BIG SISTER
 

 
He thought he’d caught a croc when he pulled me up. Water brown all around me, colour of milky coffee, so I couldn’t see anything. I tried to swim away from the line, but it was caught around my foot. I wanted to stay under. I wished I could breathe water, and for a while I almost did.
— HALF LIFE
 

 
Once, Aaron had said, people could walk in the East City without protective clothing. The winds were as light as my finger grazing your hand, the sun was so kind that people lay willingly in its rays, and delicate flying creatures called insects were everywhere.
— THE SKATERS
 

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