The Shadow Girl

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Penguin Random House Australia, Sep 28, 2011 - Juvenile Fiction - 416 pages
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'I tried to be forgettable. That's how I survived.'

The shadow girl never imagined she'd live on the streets. After her parents disappear, life with her aunt and uncle takes a sinister turn. Terrified that the authorities will believe her uncle over her, she flees. She tricks her way into a new school and pretends to have a loving family. No one knows she sleeps in rail yards, sand dunes and abandoned houses. At school she meets the author she will call on years later. Together they piece together the story of how she survived, who helped her, and the friend she wishes she could have saved.

Thrilling, profound and blackly funny, The Shadow Girl is John Larkin's best and most important novel to date.

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This young-adult novel really packs an emotional punch. The Shadow Girl is the dramatic story of a girl trying to escape her horrendous family situation: she lives through years of homelessness ... Read full review

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OMG i just read this book it is so good, really disturbing as well as sad and heart ranching this is a book i would recommend and i will defiantly never forget

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About the author (2011)

Sydney-based author John Larkin was born in England but grew up in the western suburbs of Sydney. He has, at various stages of his writing career, supported his habit by working as a supermarket trolley boy, shelf-stacker, factory hand, forklift driver, professional soccer player and computer programmer. He now writes and teaches writing full-time. John has a BA in English Literature and a MA in Creative Writing from Macquarie University. John's The Shadow Girl won the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 2012 Prize for Writing for Young Adults.

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