July 26, 2022
Invisibly Breathing by Eileen Merriman is a loving book about unconventional love and bullying.
The story begins with Felix taking a thousand steps on the way to school in Lower Hutt. He’s thinking about his favourite number when bullies stop him in his path and ruin his count, making him late for school. There he meets Bailey, a boy who gets mocked for having a stutter as he tries to answer a math question, simple – in Felix’s eyes.
Felix Catalan is a sixteen-year-old boy who is socially awkward and known as ‘freak-out Felix’ or ‘crazy Catalan’ due to his anxiety attacks at school. Read more
Kate De Goldi
Allen & Unwin
July 7, 2022
Eddy Smallbone is 19 years old and an orphan, New World employee, pet minder and unintentional babysitter. His story starts just after the death of his much-loved dog. Struggling with life after the Christchurch earthquakes, he is living with his eccentric uncle, ‘Brain’, and trying to figure out what he wants to do next. Should he find his own place to stay? Get a ‘proper’ job? Leave Christchurch?
But these questions fall away as he meets new friends and reconnects with old ones and realises that what he’s looking for is already right in front of him. Read more