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Description - Dust by Christine Bongers

Evocative and earthy . . . from a powerful new Australian voice. Twelve-year-old Cecilia Maria was named after saints and martyrs to give her something to live up to. Over my dead body, she vows. In the blinding heat of 1970s Queensland, she battles six brothers on her side of the fence, and the despised Kapernicky girls, lurking on the other side of the barbed wire. Secrets are buried deep, only to surface decades later when Cecilia drags her own reluctant teenagers back home to dance on a grave and track down some ghosts. Warm but tough-minded, Dust glitters with a rare and subtle wit, illuminating the shadows that hang over from childhood and finding beauty in unexpected places.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781741664461
ISBN-10: 1741664462
Format: Paperback
(195mm x 132mm x 17mm)
Pages: 240
Imprint: Woolshed Press
Publisher: Random House Australia
Publish Date: 1-Jul-2009
Country of Publication: Australia

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Author Biography - Christine Bongers

Christine Bongers was born and bred in Biloela, Central Queensland. She left to attend university and has worked as a broadcast journalist in Brisbane and London, written two environmental television documentaries and run her own media consultancy. Her work was short-listed for the 2006 Varuna Manuscript Development Awards. She completed a Master of Arts in youth writing in 2008. Her first novel, Dust, was published by Woolshed Press to critical acclaim. Her second novel, Henry Hoey Hobson, was shortlisted for the Children's Book Council of Australia Award - Younger Readers in 2011. Christine shares her life in Brisbane with husband Andrew, children, Connor, Brydie, Clancy and Jake, their ageing cat Al, a platoon of water dragons, a parliament of tawny frogmouths and an embarrassment of geckos that fall at odd moments onto her kitchen bench.

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