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This is the website for the young adult novel The Bridge (published in 2011) and its somewhat belated sequel, Havoc (published in 2015). The Bridge, to my great delight, won the Text Prize for Young Adult and Children's Writing in 2010, the 2012 YA 'Children's Choice' award and an Honour Book Award in the New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards, and was awarded Notable Book status by Storylines in 2012.

Here you'll find some news and a calendar of events (not just about the books but about other things you might find interesting), some links to blogs and other sites that are favourites of mine, and a short bio. There’s also a page for getting in touch if you’d like to ask any questions or have something you’d like to say.



What are you reading right now?

Whatever it is, whatever’s lying beside your bed in your To Be Read pile, or stuck in your locker or at the bottom of your schoolbag waiting for you to find some space in your timetable because you know that assignment deadline is looming – here’s a thought, from Ursula K. Le Guin, a writer both wise and wonderful:

You make the story happen.

“A story is a collaboration between teller and audience, writer and reader. Fiction is not only illusion, but collusion. Without a reader, there’s no story. No matter how well written, if it isn’t read it doesn’t exist as a story. The reader makes it happen just as much as the writer does.” (The Wave in the Mind, Shambhala, p. 230)

“Reading is a most mysterious act… A reader reading makes the book, brings it into meaning, by translating arbitrary symbols, printed letters, into an inward, private reality. Reading is an act, a creative one.” (p. 269)

Happy reading!

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