Future Girl (in Australia) and The Words in My Hands (in North America) is the winner of the ALA Schneider Family’s Award, the winner of the Readings Young Adult prize has been selected as Kirkus’ best YA fiction for 2021!
The book will soon be adapted for the screen in partnership with Orange Entertainment Co, and is scooping up awards!
- Winner! American Library Association’s Schneider Family Award for Best Book for Teens 2022
- Winner! Readings Young Adult prize 2021
- Kirkus Best YA fiction of 2021
- Read For Empathy Collection 2022
- The Guardian top 20 books of 2020
- Children’s Book Council of Australia Notable Book of the year for Older Readers 2021
- Shortlisted Indie Book Awards 2021
- Shortlisted Australian Book Industry Awards Book of the Year for Older Children 2021
- Shortlisted Aurelis Award 2021
- The Great Books Guide top books 2021
- Yalsa’s Best Fiction For Young Adults nomination 2022
Piper’s mum wants Piper to be ‘normal’ — to put up with the tension headaches, the constant misunderstandings, and the herculean daily efforts it takes for her to pass as hearing, so she can grow up to be ‘successful’ like her scientist mother. But when disaster hits Melbourne, Piper has more important things to worry about, starting with her stomach. The personalised, ultra-processed meals from her mum’s company that used to land on their doorstep so reliably have halved in quantity, transport costs sky-rocket overnight, and businesses everywhere start to collapse.
A captivating own-voice coming-of-age novel set in near future Melbourne, that bursts with passion, resilience, optimism and joie-de-vivre. Not only is Future Girl an instructional environmental call-to-arms, providing inspiration to live more sustainably, it offers an authentic window into the experience of Deaf culture and what if feels like to be d/Deaf.
For ages 13 to adult, and published by Allen and Unwin, this full-colour visual journal-style read may just launch you on a life-long journey of wonderfully satisfying visual self-expression.
‘A distressingly insightful vision of the future that also offers warmth and hope.’ — Kirkus – starred review.
‘A life-changing book for young Deaf and disabled people … of personal growth and pride – demonstrating the importance of the #OwnVoices movement.’ — Carly Findlay, OA
‘Asphyxia is a trailblazing Australian Deaf activist, a prominent sustainability champion, and a passionate artist and writer. This is the book we’ve been waiting for her to write. An eight-year labour of love, passion and forward-thinking vision around equal rights and the future of our world as we know it, it is, just as is Asphyxia herself, revolutionary.’ — Allen and Unwin
‘Asphyxia’s work is brilliant: a deep, original insight, and a book that everyone should read.’ — Jackie French, AM
‘Brilliantly imaginative, totally immersive – Asphyxia tilts the world sideways and invites you to see what was always there. Don’t miss this book.’ — Amie Kaufman
‘I f!@#$%^&” love this book. Asphyxia has achieved something extraordinary… the reader emerges completely transformed.’ — Adam Pottle
‘Beautiful, immersive … a sensory feast.’ — Jaclyn Moriarty
‘This is my new favourite book and I can’t stop thinking about it. It makes me want to nurture a food garden and delve deeper into what we can achieve for our future.’ — Louise Ward, Wardini Books NZ
‘Everything I hoped for as a parent of a deaf child… priceless for showing the constant load I see in my son but struggled to understand. ’ — Zara (parent)
‘It seems to place you inside a Deaf person’s mind, so you can really grasp the difficulties and joys of being Deaf, and the hearing world’s reaction to that. It should be in every secondary school!.’ — Tricia Adams, Love Reading 4 Kids
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Future Girl / The Words in My Hands explores Deaf identity, peak oil and the coronavirus-like chaos it could create, as well as self-expression through art journaling.
To make the most out of the book, visit my FUTURE GIRL RESOURCES, where you‘ll find further exploration of the book’s themes and teachers’ notes.
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