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How it Feels to Float

Helena Fox



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24 April 2019
Children's & Educational; General fiction (Children's&YA)
'Every now and then you pick up a novel and you know you've found something wonderful - a glorious voice, a character you adore. Helena Fox's novel delivers. It is exquisite. Read it.' Cath Crowley

Biz knows how to float. She has her people, posse, her mum and the twins. She has Grace. And she has her dad, who tells her about the little kid she was, and who shouldn't be here but is. So Biz doesn't tell anyone anything. Not about her dark, runaway thoughts, not about kissing Grace or noticing Jasper, the new boy. And she doesn't tell anyone about her dad. Because her dad died when she was seven. And Biz knows how to float, right there on the surface - normal okay regular fine.

'A profoundly moving story about grief, loss, and love that will take your breath away. Helena Fox is a writer to be reckoned with.' Kathleen Glasgow
'This book will explode you into atoms, put you back together, and return the new shape of you to earth. Alive with sensation and rich in thought and feeling, How It Feels to Float intensively explores what it's like to be here now.' Margo Lanagan
'Mesmerizing and timely.' Bustle
'Impossibly beautiful.' Kerry Kletter 
By:   Helena Fox
Imprint:   Pan
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 195mm,  Width: 131mm,  Spine: 24mm
Weight:   268g
ISBN:   9781760783303
ISBN 10:   1760783307
Series:   Macmillan Children's Books Story Collections
Publication Date:   24 April 2019
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  English as a second language
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Helena Fox lives in the seaside city of Wollongong, Australia, with her endlessly creative and kind family. She mentors and runs writing workshops for young people, and is a graduate of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College in the U.S. Helena has travelled and lived all around the world, but of all her adventures, working with young people and helping them find and express their voice has brought her the greatest joy. How It Feels to Float is her debut novel.

  • Long-listed for ABIA Book of the Year for Older Children 2020
  • Long-listed for Indie Book Awards Young Adult 2020
  • Short-listed for CBCA Book of the Year for Older Readers 2020
  • Short-listed for NSW Premier's Literary Awards Ethel Turner Prize 2020
  • Short-listed for Queensland Literary Awards Young Adult Book Award 2019
  • Short-listed for Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Prize for Writing for Young Adults 2020
  • Winner of Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Prize for Writing for Young Adults 2020

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