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Steven Herrick was born in Brisbane, the youngest of seven children. At school his favourite subject was soccer, and he dreamed of football glory while he worked at various jobs. For the past twenty years he's been a full-time writer and regularly performs his work in schools throughout the world. Steven's work is both popular and critically acclaimed. His books have been shortlisted for the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards on six occasions and he has twice won prizes in the New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards, with BY THE RIVER and THE SPANGLED DRONGO. He lives in the Blue Mountains with his partner Cathie, a belly dance teacher, and their two sons, Jack and Joe. For more information, visit Steven at


"Darcy's first-person narrative is sharp, reflective and witty delivering a simple tale that is fast paced but laced with poignant moments . . . The serious teenage issues of bullying, friendship, teen and family relationships are tackled but without the angst . . . students of both genders will enjoy this uplifting coming-of-age novel. A must for the collection." --Magpies
"Rich, layered verse reminiscent of works such as Sonya Sones' Stop Pretending." --Booklist starred review on Love, Ghosts & Facial Hair and A Place Like This

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