Surrender: Popular Penguins

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Penguin Group Australia, Jun 28, 2010 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 252 pages
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As life slips away, Gabriel looks back over his brief twenty years that have been clouded by frustration and humiliation. A small town and distant parents ensure that he is never allowed to forget the horrific mistake he made as a child. He has only two friends – his dog Surrender, and the unruly wild boy Finnigan, with whom he made a boyhood pact. 

When a series of arson attacks grips the town, Gabriel realises how unpredictable and dangerous Finnegan is. Events begin to spiral out of control, and it becomes clear that only the most extreme of measures will rid Gabriel of Finnegan for good.

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First off, the prose was delightfully surprising. - Goodreads
Sonya Hartnett's writing is captivating and moving. - Goodreads
That actually impresses me about the writing. - Goodreads
Three because I did not like the plot/ending. - Goodreads
The ending was just unbelievable. - Goodreads
There was some plot in there, maybe. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Emily - Goodreads

Went back and forth between three and four starts on this. Four for the writing and style - which I found poetic and akin to the kind of prose writing I personally strive to write. Three because I did ... Read full review

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User Review  - Darcy - Goodreads

Color me confused, but after finishing this novel I'm still not sure what it is about. There was some plot in there, maybe. There was some very poetic writing exploring—what I'm not sure. Maybe ... Read full review

About the author (2010)

Sonya Hartnett is the internationally acclaimed author of several novels, including Thursday's Child, winner of the 2002 Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, and Forest, winner of the 2002 Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year: Older Readers. In 2003, her adult novel, Of a Boy, won The Age Book of the Year and was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award.

In 2000 and again in 2003, Sonya Hartnett has been named one of The Sydney Morning Herald Young Novelists of the Year. Her work has been published internationally with editions available in the UK, US, Canada, Germany, Italy, Norway and Denmark.

In 2004, The Silver Donkey was published to great critical acclaim. It has won the 2005 Brisbane Courier Mail award for young readers and was CBC Book of the Year (Young readers) in 2005.

Surrender was published in 2005. It was shortlisted for The Age Book of the Year Award and the Aurealis Award - Fantasy Division in 2005.

In 2008 Sonya was the recipient of The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. The prize is awarded to authors, illustrators, narrators and/or promoters of reading whose work reflects the spirit of Astrid Lindgren.  It is the first time this award has gone to an Australian.

In 2010 Sonya published her debut picture book, The Boy and the Toy, and her latest novel for younger readers, The Midnight Zoo.

Sonya lives in Melbourne with her dog, Shilo and cats, Marcus and Morgan.

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