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A few months ago Dan had to make a choice. Go to Geneva with his parents for a year, board at school or move into a house with his 22-year-old bass-playing aunt, Jacq, and her friend, Naomi. He picked Jacq's place. Now he's doing his last year at school and trying not to spin out. Trying to master calculus. Trying to pick up a few skills for surviving in the adult world. Problem is, he falls for Naomi, and things become much more confusing.
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Nick Earls lives in Brisbane, Australia, where he writes for both children and adults. His previous Graphia book, 48 Shades of Brown, won Australia’s Children’s Book Council Book of the Year for Older Readers. It also received the following praise:Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
By eight-thirty it’s getting quite crowded.
Jacq, who at seven-thirty was pacing the empty verandahs and smoking a lot, now has champagne in one hand, wine in the other and several conversations going at once. Naomi is working on a spur-of-the- moment punch in the kitchen. Burns is gripping a beer as though it’s a mother’s hand, and looking even more out of place than me.
Phil Borthwick turns up in a tie and Burns gives me a look that suggests he feels a little better about himself. Phil (and I admire this) seems to have no idea that he’s the only person in a tie, and says, with some glee, Great, dancing, when he works out what’s going on in the loungeroom, and why the furniture is all outside.
At least he hasn’t tried anything silly with food. He’s brought a carton of full-strength beer, and there will be plenty of people here who think this more than makes up for the tie.
I don’t actually drink it myself, he says sheepishly to Jacq and me. I’ve got an enzyme thing, so I can’t really touch alcohol. But I thought I’d bring it for the party.
Thanks, Phil, Jacq says, already touching alcohol as though she and it are at least close friends, and with a smile that I haven’t seen before. A lazy, uncomplicated smile, a drinking smile, buckling under the weight of its own bonhomie. But you’d have just the one, wouldn’t you? It’s a party.
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Book Description Puffin, 1999. Condition: good. Seller Inventory # M00140287698-G
Book Description Penguin Books Australia, 1999. Paperback. Condition: Very Good. Size: 7.7 x 5.1 x 1 inches. 48 pages. Multiple copies available this title. Quantity Available: 2. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilogram. Category: Fiction; Australia; Dewey Code: A823.3. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 63788. Seller Inventory # 63788
Book Description Penguin Books, Camberwell, Vic., 1999. Soft cover. Condition: Fine. p. Original illustrated wrappers. Reprint in pristine condition. Seller Inventory # 9706
Book Description Penguin Books, Melbourne, 1999. Soft Cover. Condition: Very Good. First Trade. A few months ago Dan had to make a choice. Go to Geneva with his parents for a year, board at school or move into a house with his aunt, Jacq, and her friend, Naomi. He picked Jacq's place. Now he's doing his last year at school and trying not to spin out. Trying to be cool. Trying to pick up a few skills for surviving in the adult world. Problem is, he falls for Naomi, and things become much, much more confusing. Shot entirely on location, 48 Shades features a talented young cast of fresh faces including Richard Wilson (The Proposition, Deck Dogz) as Dan, with newcomer and recent NIDA graduate Robin McLeavy as Jacq and Emma Lung (Peaches) as Naomi. 48 Shades of Brown was awarded Book of the Year (for older readers) by the Children's Book Council in 2000. BOOK DETAILS:The contents are clean, tight and sound throughout. The card covers are clean and unmarked, with only minimal wear.The lettering on the spine is clear and bright.Mild page tanning to the pages. Tanning (or browning) is often present in older books and is the result of the paper ageing. No signs of previous ownership (no previous ownership inscriptions).***Author has signed the title page with a personal greeting.*** Book has appearance of only minimal use. A very attractive/desirable copy. 289pp. The unpacked weight of this book is approx. 288gm. Postage within Australia for this book will be less than that shown so please disregard the site default rate, which will be adjusted downwards when the order is processed by us. (Please note: books that weigh over 1kg. (1000g) when packed will exceed the quoted postage rate to overseas destinations). This BOOK IS IN STOCK and READY TO MAIL NOW. Your book when ordered will be securely packed and promptly dispatched by The Book Collector (Established:1993). ***Prompt professional service - satisfaction guaranteed.*** Size: 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Signed by Author. Seller Inventory # 10267
Book Description Penguin Books, Ringwood, Victoria, 1999. Soft cover. Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. 288p. Illustrated wrappers. Signed by Earls on title page. First printing in pristine condition. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 15900