We’re thrilled that Felicity Castagna’s The Incredible Here and Now has been chosen at IBBY Australia’s Honour Book for Writing.
Of Felicity’s work, the judges said:
Dom dies in a car accident. Fifteen-year-old Michael has to learn how to live without his older brother, whose easy charm could open any doors. In this life-changing year, while his mother withdraws from the family, Michael, despite his strong sense of self, becomes somehow disconnected from his world. This gives the story an edgy feel as we experience with him his neighbourhood, his girlfriend and the cars which zoom up and down the street. The novel has a powerful sense of place, exploring the setting and cultures of the western suburbs of Sydney that many readers can identify with. Castagna’s sharp, observant writing shows compassion and insight and explores the themes of grief, loss, romance, culture and family life through a series of vignettes. Many light touches of humour contribute to making this compelling and accessible book a story about hope and finding one’s place in the community.
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