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Of A Boy Sonya Hartnett is, or was, something of an Aussie child prodigy Of A Boy is her second novel for grown ups, but once again her protagonists are kids lost children who slip away without traceIt isAdrian is nine He lives with his gran and his uncle Rory Adrian watches his suburban world, but there is much he cannot understand He does not, for instance, know why three neighbourhood children might set out to buy ice cream and never come back homeEffortlessly moving from matter of fact to mystical, at times exquisitely painful to read, Of A Boy is an almost suffocatingly powerful evocation of the emotional life of the very young It is recommended reading for anyone who recalls being a child And everyone who doesn t

About the Author: Sonya Hartnett

Sonya Hartnett also works under the pseudonym Cameron S Redfern is, or was, something of an Australian child prodigy author She wrote her first novel at the age of thirteen, and had it published at fifteen Her books have also been published in Europe and North America Her novels have been published traditionally as young adult fiction, but her writing often crosses the divide and is also enjoyed by adults I chose to narrate the story through a child because people like children, they WANT to like them, says Sonya Hartnett of THURSDAY S CHILD, her brilliantly original coming of age story set during the Great Depression Harper the young narrator is the reason you get sucked into the characters Even I, who like to distance myself from my characters, felt protective of her The acclaimed author of several award winning young adult novels the first written when she was just 13 Australian native Sonya Hartnett says she wrote THURSDAY S CHILD in a mere three months It just pulled itself together, she says I d wanted to set a story in the Depression for some time, in an isolated community that was strongly supportive Once the dual ideas of the boy who tunneled and the young girl as narrator gelled, it almost wrote itself I had the cast, I had the setting, I just said go Accustomed to writing about edgy young adult characters, Sonya Hartnett says that identifying with a seven year old protagonist was a challenge at first I found her difficult to approach, she admits I m not really used to children But once I started, I found you could have fun with her she could tell lies, she could deny the truth Whereas most children know only what adults want them to know, the author discovered she could bypass that limitation by turning Harper into an eavesdropper and giving her older siblings to reveal realities In her second book with Candlewick Press, WHAT THE BIRDS SEE, Sonya Hartnett once again creates a portrait of childhood This time the subject is Adrian, a nine year old boy living in the suburbs with his gran and Uncle For Adrian, childhood is shaped by fear his dread of quicksand, shopping centers, and self combustion Then one day, three neighborhood children vanish an incident based on a real case in Australia in the 1960s and Adrian comes to see just how tenuous his safety net is In speaking about Adrian, the author provocatively reveals parallels between herself and her character She says, Adrian is me in many respects, and many of the things that happen to him happened to me Sonya Hartnett s consistently inspired writing has built her a legion of devotees Of THURSDAY S CHILD, Newbery Honor winning author Carolyn Coman says, Hartnett s beautifully rendered vision drew me in from the very start and carried me along, above and under ground, to the very end This book amazed me The achingly beautiful WHAT THE BIRDS SEE has just as quickly garnered critical acclaim Notes PUBLISHERS WEEKLY in a starred review, Hartnett again captures the ineffable fragility of childhood in this keenly observed tale Sophisticated readers will appreciate the work s acuity and poetic integrity Sonya Hartnett s third young adult novel, STRIPES OF THE SIDESTEP WOLF was named an American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults.Sonya Hartnett lives near Melbourne, Australia Her most recent novels are SURRENDER, a mesmerizing psychological thriller, and THE SILVER DONKEY, a gently told fable for middle grade readers.

10 thoughts on “Of A Boy

  1. Suzanne Suzanne says:

    Fantastically gifted author Just seems to be too bleak for me, as was Golden Boys The hardest of lives are explained vividly and with realness D

  2. Mish Mish says:

    Exceptional One of those books you need to experience for yourself to feel it s magic working itself into your skin Listening to it on audiobook,

  3. Andrea Andrea says:

    I don t know what it was up against, but this little landmine of a book deserves every award and accolade it received It goes along softly and stead

  4. ☼♄Jülie  ☼♄Jülie  says:

    This story relates an unsettling view of life through the eyes of nine year old Adrian, who has been sent to live with his grandmother because his mot

  5. Regina Regina says:

    Of A Boy impressed me just as much, if not , the second time around.Sonya Hartnett is a brilliant storyteller Despite the story being set in 1977 it sti

  6. Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks) Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks) says:

    Listened to on audiobook via BorrowBox Set in 1970s Australia, a young nine year old living with his Grandmother becomes obsessed with a shocking crime in

  7. Jelena Jelena says:

    one of the saddest books I ve read in a long, long time

  8. Lesley Lesley says:

    Another book that makes you want to know what is going on and kept me reading, but solves nothing in the end and left me quite confused Reminds me of a book I

  9. Karen Karen says:

    I have never read such a gloomy book It was 100% sadness I have also never read such a well written book Although I hated the story, I didn t stop reading it be

  10. Jan Jan says:

    Also published under the title Of A Boy.This slight volume packs a huge emotional punch, capturing in exquisite detail what it is like to be a sensitive, lonely b

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