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This Is How We Change The Ending

Vikki Wakefield



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Text Publishing Company
01 September 2019
Children's & Educational; Children's & young adult fiction & true stories
Sixteen-year-old Nate McKee is doing his best to be invisible. He's worried about a lot of things-how his dad treats Nance and his twin half-brothers; the hydro crop growing in his bedroom; the way his friend Merrick always drags him into fights. And he has never forgiven his mother for leaving.

But none of it is his fight, right? He's just waiting for his time. Nate hangs out at YouthWorks, the local youth centre threatened with closure, and fills his notebooks with the things he can't say. But when some of his pages are stolen and his words are graffitied on the wall of the centre, Nate realises he has allies. He might be able to make a difference, change his life, and claim his future. Or can he?

This is How We Change the Ending is a story that will have you on the edge of your seat, hoping Nate will find a way out, despite the odds.
By:   Vikki Wakefield
Imprint:   Text Publishing Company
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 23mm
Weight:   428g
ISBN:   9781922268136
ISBN 10:   1922268135
Pages:   272
Publication Date:   01 September 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Vikki Wakefield writes realist fiction for young adults. Her work explores coming-of-age, family, class, relationships, and the lives of contemporary teens. Her novels All I Ever Wanted, Friday Brown, Inbetween Days and Ballad for a Mad Girl have been shortlisted for numerous awards. Vikki lives in Adelaide, Australia.

Reviews for This Is How We Change The Ending

`Friday Brown...will break your heart then put the pieces back together in a new way. I absolutely loved this book.' * Libba Bray on Friday Brown * `[Vikki Wakefield] captures the angst of coming-of-age with honesty, understanding and some humour.' * Magpies * `Brilliant...I'm still reeling. This stands shoulder to shoulder with any lit-fic young protagonist novel, YA or otherwise...Intelligent, vivid and so moving.' * Emily Gale * 'Bravo Vikki Wakefield...This Is How We Change the Ending is a ripper yarn!' * Nadia King * 'With This Is How We Change the Ending, Vikki Wakefield crafts an examination of violence, stunted masculinity and class disparity that's as complex as any literary novel...this never comes across as hopeless or grim - just honest. With its emotional realism, This Is How We Change the Ending feels like an Australian Friday Night Lights: the hazy washed-out glare of a small town, the slightly aimless wandering nights, and the ultimately uplifting message. I'm not sure what we did right to deserve a writer as fine as Wakefield, who captures the bruised vulnerability and tremulous potential of youth with so much honesty and power.' * Readings * 'This is How We Change the Ending is [Vikki Wakefield's] best book and my YA novel of the year. It may well be the perfect YA novel.' * Joy Lawn * `Vikki Wakefield is one of the most creative and daring authors writing for young adults today.' * Danielle Binks * `When I finish a Vikki Wakefield novel I get a tiny ache in my heart because I'm already missing her gutsy characters.' * Melina Marchetta * 'Vikki Wakefield is one of Australia's best YA writers.' * Cath Crowley *

  • Long-listed for Booktopia Favourite Australian Book 2020 (Australia)
  • Long-listed for The Stella Prize 2020 (Australia)
  • Long-listed for Young Adult, Indie Book Awards 2020 (Australia)
  • Short-listed for Best Designed Young Adult Cover, Australian Book Design Awards 2020 (Australia)
  • Short-listed for Book of the Year: Older Readers, Children's Book Council Awards 2020 (Australia)
  • Short-listed for Ethel Turner Prize for Young People's Literature, NSW Premier's Literary Awards 2020 (Australia)
  • Short-listed for Writing for Young Adults, Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 2020 (Australia)

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