"Saltwater Boy" By Bradley Christmas

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When Matthew’s dad gets in trouble, he makes trouble for everyone else too. But with Dad in jail, Matthew and his mum have a chance to put their pieces back together.

Mum makes plans for a summer down the coast, fixing up Grandpa’s old place in an effort to make ends meet. The beach, the swirling rockpools and the vast ocean offer new perspective and promise and Matthew as he strikes up a friendship with Bill, an old local who recognises a fellow ‘Saltwater Boy’ – and shows him how to find pippis and catch fish, and even make a few dollars from it. Bill becomes the paternal figure that Dad isn’t – wise and patient – but Bill isn’t welcomed in town, and Matthew begins to witness old rivalries, and buried truths, resurface.

Then Dad gets out on parole and his recklessness puts everything, and everyone, at risk.

Heartfelt and poignant, this is a captivating coming-of-age story navigates the difficult terrain of fractured families, the lies that break, and the ties that bind.

About the Author

Bradley Christmas is a full-time writer - and moonlighting musician - who splits his time between Sydney and his beloved beach shack on the NSW South Coast. While building his writing career he worked as a social worker, English language teacher and children's entertainer. These days as a freelance copywriter he helps charities like Greenpeace, The Royal Flying Doctor Service and The Sydney Children's Hospital Network share their stories. His short fiction has appeared in a number of magazines and publications including The Big Issue and received several award nominations. He can also regularly be found performing around Australia with his country band Copperline. Saltwater Boy is his first YA novel.

  • ISBN: 9781760656393
  • ISBN-10: 1760656399
  • Published: 7th March 2023
  • Format: Paperback
  • Language: English
  • Number of Pages: 272
  • Audience: Children
  • For Ages: 10 - 14 years old
  • Publisher: Walker Books Australia
  • Country of Publication: AU
  • Dimensions (cm): 20.5 x 13.5 x 2.5
  • Weight (kg): 0.31