Surrender: Popular Penguins

Surrender: Popular Penguins

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As life slips away, Gabriel looks back over his brief twenty years that have been clouded by frustration and humiliation. A small town and distant parents ensure that he is never allowed to forget the horrific mistake he made as a child. He has only two friends - his dog Surrender, and the unruly wild boy Finnigan, with whom he made a boyhood pact. When a series of arson attacks grips the town, Gabriel realises how unpredictable and dangerous Finnegan is. Events begin to spiral out of control, and it becomes clear that only the most extreme of measures will rid Gabriel of Finnegan for good.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 112 x 180 x 15mm | 142g
  • Hawthorn, Australia
  • 0143204726
  • 9780143204725
  • 1,831,612

About Sonya Hartnett

Sonya Hartnett's work has won numerous Australian and international literary prizes and has been published around the world. Uniquely, she is acclaimed for her stories for adults, young adults and children. Her accolades include the Commonwealth Writers' Prize (Of A Boy), The Age Book of the Year (Of A Boy), the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize (Thursday's Child), the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year for both Older and Younger Readers (Forest, The Silver Donkey, The Ghost's Child, The Midnight Zoo and The Children of the King), the Victorian Premier's Literary Award (Surrender), shortlistings for the Miles Franklin Award (for both Of a Boy and Butterfly) and the CILP Carnegie Medal (The Midnight Zoo). Hartnett is also the first Australian recipient of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (2008).In 2014, Hartnett published a new novel for adults, Golden Boys, and her third picture book, The Wild One.
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Rating details

1,859 ratings
3.61 out of 5 stars
5 27% (501)
4 31% (571)
3 25% (460)
2 13% (233)
1 5% (94)

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I had read the short story that \'grew\' into this novel, and I thought that it was a masterpiece, but this goes above and beyond. The imagery, the beauty of the words, the characterisation all envelop the reader in this torment of a life that the to boys Gabriel and Finnigan live in. A huge mind-boggling twist that puts of all the pieces together, makes the end a sigh of beauty. I am not a fast reader but managed to get through this in two or three sittings. Definitely the sort of book to read for yourself and to pass on through the more
by Erin
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