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In the Skin of a Monster
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Kathryn Barker
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In the Skin of a Monster

Kathryn Barker


Allen & Unwin

Award Winners » Aurealis Award


256 pages

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ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- A few years ago, Alice's identical twin sister took a gun to school in their small Australian town and shot dead seven other students, before turning the gun on herself. Alice, understandably, is not coping with all the guilt and recriminations, and her presence only reminds the community of what was lost. Further exacerbating the situation, a photo was taken that has become the iconic image of evil, a girl in a school uniform smiling over her weapon, and two movies made that exploited the horror of the event. Then one day Alice sees her sister, and that catapults her into another reality, one where the nightmares of the town are dangerously existent. There she meets a monster and a heart-stoppingly handsome boy, and together they have to survive, and help others make their way through, while not revealing the treacherous secrets they each carry. A very interesting premise; my teenage niece enjoyed it! Lindy


Caught in a dreamscape, mistaken for a killer... will Alice find a way home?. Three years ago, Alice's identical twin sister took a gun to school and killed seven innocent kids; now Alice wears the same face as a monster. She's struggling with her identity, and with life in the small Australian town where everyone was touched by the tragedy. Just as Alice thinks things can't get much worse, she encounters her sister on a deserted highway. But all is not what it seems, and Alice soon discovers that she has stepped into a different reality, a dream world, where she's trapped with the nightmares of everyone in the community. Here Alice is forced to confront the true impact of everything that happened the day her twin sister took a gun to school... and to reveal her own secret to the boy who hates her most.

By:   Kathryn Barker
Imprint:   Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 128mm,  Spine: 25mm
Weight:   280g
ISBN:   9781760111717
ISBN 10:   1760111716
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   July 2015
Recommended Age:   From 14
Audience:   Young adult ,  Preschool (0-5)
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Kathryn Barker was born in Canberra, but growing up there involved plenty of travel. She started primary school in Tokyo (the only kid with a sandwich in her lunchbox) and finished high school in the woods outside Olympia, Washington State (aka that rainy place where Twilight was set). In the years that followed she went to university, became a lawyer, changed her mind, re- trained as a film producer and worked in television. Kathryn currently lives in Sydney with her family, and In the Skin of a Monster is her first novel...

'One of the most original novels I've read for a long while. Great voices. Complex relationships. Just what I love to read.' - Melina Marchetta.

  • Long-listed for Children's Book Council of Australia Awards: Book of the Year - Older Readers 2016.
  • Short-listed for Aurealis Award - Best Fantasy Novel 2015 (Australia)
  • Short-listed for Australian Book Design Awards - Tractor Best Designed Young Adult Book 2016 (Australia)
  • Short-listed for Davitt Awards - Best Young Adult Novel 2016 (Australia)
  • Winner of Aurealis Award - Best Young Adult Novel 2015 (Australia)
  • Winner of Aurealis Award for Excellence in Fiction: Best Young Adult Novel 2015.
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