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Sonya Hartnett

Autor/a de Surrender

27+ obres 3,168 Membres 173 Ressenyes 10 preferits

Sobre l'autor

Sonya Hartnett was born on March 23, 1968 in Victoria. She is an Australian author of fiction for adults, young adults, and children. She was thirteen years old when she wrote her first novel and fifteen when it was published for the adult market in Australia, Trouble All the Way. For years she has mostra'n més written about one novel annually. According to the National Library of Australia, "The novel for which Hartnett has achieved the most critical (and controversial) acclaim was Sleeping Dogs" (1995). "A book involving incest between brother and sister and often critiqued as 'without hope', Sleeping Dogs generated enormous discussion within Australia. For her book Thursday's Child, she won the annual Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, a once-in-a-lifetime book award judged by a panel of British children's writers. Her titles include: The Boy and the Toy, Come Down, Cat!, Sadie and Ratz and The Children of the King. She will be attending the Sydney Writers Festival 2015. She made the shortlist for the Miles Franklin Literary Award with her title Golden Boys. This title also made the 2015 Prime Minister's Literary Awards shortlist. (Bowker Author Biography) mostra'n menys

Obres de Sonya Hartnett

Surrender (2005) 505 exemplars
The Silver Donkey (2004) 347 exemplars
Thursday's Child (2000) 318 exemplars
Of a Boy (2002) 280 exemplars
Butterfly (1656) 267 exemplars
The Ghost's Child (2007) 256 exemplars
The Midnight Zoo (2010) 208 exemplars
The Children of the King (2012) 158 exemplars
Sleeping Dogs (1995) 126 exemplars
Golden Boys (2014) 125 exemplars
Sadie and Ratz (2008) 122 exemplars
Stripes of the Sidestep Wolf (1999) 115 exemplars
Forest (2001) 58 exemplars
Princes (1997) 42 exemplars
All My Dangerous Friends (1998) 38 exemplars
The Devil Latch (1996) 36 exemplars
Landscape with Animals (2006) 35 exemplars
Wilful Blue (1994) 26 exemplars
Come down, cat! (2011) 25 exemplars
Black Foxes (1996) 24 exemplars
Blue Flower (2021) 16 exemplars
The Best Australian Stories 2012 (2012) — Editor — 15 exemplars
The Boy and the Toy (2010) 11 exemplars
Life in Ten Houses: A Memoir (2012) 11 exemplars
Sparkle & Nightflower (1986) 2 exemplars
The Glass House (1990) 1 exemplars

Obres associades

The Best Australian Stories 2003 (2003) — Col·laborador — 22 exemplars
The Best Australian Stories 2002 (2002) — Col·laborador — 15 exemplars
The best Australian stories 2001 (2001) — Col·laborador — 14 exemplars


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Sonya Hartnett has authored many children's books that have a somewhat dark twist to them, so it's little surprise that her adult fiction tends the same way.

Golden Boys is about a group of young children knocking about a typical Australian working-class suburb. The Jensons, who have just moved into the area, are a contrast to their neighbours, being affluent and indulgent of their kids. The Jenson boys want for nothing, and their dad encourages them to share what they have with their new friends. Their dad, Rex, is solicitous and caring, helping to patch up a badly hurt kid, and counselling another.

The Kiley family are both attracted to and repelled by the Jensons. Playing at the Jensons' offers them a refuge from a home dominated by a drunken, abusive father, but there is still some unease about getting too close to their new neighbours. Two other boys, Garrick and Avery, see no such issues; their home lives are so miserable that they welcome the chance to experience the Jensons' indulgence.

It's not hard to see where Hartnett is going with this book, but she still manages to tell her story in a very affecting way, showing the various impacts on the children of the abuses that go on in their fractured families. The ending is uncompromising stuff, and the reader is left with a saddening sense of the unfairness of it all, with innocent children's lives being blighted by the actions of their parents.
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gjky | Hi ha 16 ressenyes més | Apr 9, 2023 |
delightful beginning chapter book that would also work as a read aloud/bedtime story (though it's very short and might easily be read in one sitting).
reader1009 | Hi ha 8 ressenyes més | Jul 3, 2021 |
SPOILERS... A good quick read that I really enjoyed...buuuut the main character does accidentally kill his brother, was forced to kill his dog, and then murders his parents. So not exactly a pick me up. Probably worth skipping as a class read. Not even sure who I would hand this book to.
rdwhitenack | Hi ha 24 ressenyes més | Apr 20, 2021 |
This book was rather dark and depressing. Within the first few chapters, three children go missing, a young boy lists the things he finds frightening (including sea monsters, getting lost in grows, being forgotten at school, and spontaneous combustion), a young man dies in a car crashed by his best friend, and a father dies of cancer. The book is powerfully written — you get a strong impression of who Adrian is and what concerns him day by day — but the conclusion is dark and dreary. I’m not sure that it would really be a good recommendation for younger teens.… (més)
resoundingjoy | Hi ha 9 ressenyes més | Jan 1, 2021 |



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