Author(s): Christine Bongers
Henry Hoey Hobson arrives at his sixth school, Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, to discover he's the only boy in Year Seven. Friendless, fatherless and non-Catholic, Henry is not only a Perpetual Sucker, but a bloodsucker, according to his catty classmates. When he's caught moving a coffin into the creepy house next door, it drives a stake through the heart of his hopes of fitting in. His only chance to fight back is the school swimming carnival u sink-or-swim time in the treacherous waters of Year Seven. Shortlisted in the Children's Book Council of Australia Awards, Western Australian Premier's Book Awards and Queensland Premier's Literary Awards, and a winner in The Big Read competition
Christine Bongers was born and bred in Biloela, Central Queensland. She left to attend university and has worked as a broadcast journalist in Brisbane and London, written two environmental television documentaries and run her own media consultancy. She completed a Master of Arts in youth writing in 2008. Her first novel, Dust, was a Children's Book Council of Australia Notable Book. Her second novel, Henry Hoey Hobson, was shortlisted for the CBCA Book of the Year Younger Readers, the WA Premier's Book Awards and the Queensland Premier's Literary Awards. Christine lives in Brisbane and shares her life with husband Andrew, children Connor, Brydie, Clancy and Jake, and their dog, Huggy, the Derek Zoolander of Beagles (really, really, really good looking, but not very bright).