Surrender: Popular Penguins: Popular Penguins

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Penguin Books Limited, 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 Finnigan is. Events begin to spiral out of control, and it becomes clear that only the most extreme of measures will rid Gabriel of Finnigan for good.

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Some very lyrical writing here. - Goodreads
Really confusing and stupid ending. - Goodreads
Love Sonya Hartnett's beautiful prose. - Goodreads
The plot really has stuck with me through the years. - Goodreads
The imagery and detail are incredible. - Goodreads
First off, the prose was delightfully surprising. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Damian Millas - Goodreads

This book was dark, yet beautifully written with imagery and creativity. At the same time, the details mush the story's flow, and the plot is utterly confusing. Often I read slowly to appreciate the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kenzie - Goodreads

This was a super-weird, dark book, but I loved it. I loved the imaginative writing, how she says things in a way you don't expect, a way that seems kind of far-fetched at first, but I love it. I love Finnigan, who's just a little eerily crazy, but then so is Gabriel. Brilliant stuff. Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Sonya Hartnett's work has won numerous Australian and international literary prizes and has been published around the world. Uniquely, she is acclaimed for her stories for adults, young adults and children. Her accolades include the Commonwealth Writers' Prize (Of A Boy), The Age Book of the Year (Of A Boy), the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize (Thursday's Child), the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year for both Older and Younger Readers (Forest, The Silver Donkey, The Ghost's Child, The Midnight Zoo and The Children of the King), the Victorian Premier's Literary Award (Surrender), shortlistings for the Miles Franklin Award (for both Of a Boy and Butterfly) and the CILP Carnegie Medal (The Midnight Zoo). Hartnett is also the first Australian recipient of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (2008).

In 2014, Hartnett published a new novel for adults, Golden Boys, and her third picture book, The Wild One.

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