An unspeakable event changes everything for Sophie. No more Mum, school or bed of her own. She’s made a ward of the state and grows up in a volatile world where kids make their own rules, adults don’t count and the only constant is change.
Until one day she meets Gwen, Matty and Spiral. Spiral is the most furious, beautiful boy Sophie has ever known. And as their bond tightens she finally begins to confront what happened in her past.
I’m at the police station. There’s blood splattered across my face and clothes. In this tiny room with walls the colour of winter sky I hug a black backpack full of treasures. Only one thing is certain . . . no one can ever forgive me for what I’ve done.
Winner of the Readings YA Book Prize, 2019
Voted the Best Young Adult Book of the year by Readings customers
Voted Favourite YA Read of the year by Kids’ Book Review
Voted in the top 100 great reads by Australian women
Shortlisted for New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards Ethel Turner Prize for Young People’s Literature, 2019
Contains mature content. Suitable for older readers.
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Sophie grows up saddled with a missing dad and an unreliable alcoholic mother. At the tender age of 12, she finds her mother dead and blames herself. As there is no one to take care of her, Sophie is ... Read full review
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