Books by Sonya Hartnett

GOLDEN BOYS by Sonya Hartnett
Released: April 12, 2016

"Sophisticated teen readers will be wowed by this gorgeous, tension-filled novel, but its more natural audience may be adults. (Fiction. 13 & up)"
The arrival of two wealthy boys to a working-class neighborhood brings the strained intensity present in both theirs and another home to a boil in this latest from Hartnett, first published in 2014 for adults in her native Australia. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2014

"Mystery and history dance a mesmerizing waltz in this poignant, thoroughly entertaining novel that shows how '[t]he past lives everywhere.' (Historical fiction. 11-14)"
No matter how far north of London the Lockwoods travel, they can't escape the ravages of World War II. Read full book review >
SADIE AND RATZ by Sonya Hartnett
Released: March 27, 2012

"A real slice of family life, the sweet with the bitter. (Fiction. 5-8)"
Sadie and Ratz, Hannah's menacing hands, help her to handle her sibling rivalry in this piercingly intelligent foray into chapter books by much-awarded teen author Hartnett. Read full book review >
MIDNIGHT ZOO by Sonya Hartnett
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"An evocative story about unusual war victims whose enduring belief in goodness brings true freedom. (Fable. 10 & up) "
In a bombed town, two gypsy boys discover a zoo where abandoned animals teach them the meaning of freedom amid war's chaos. Read full book review >
BUTTERFLY by Sonya Hartnett
Released: Aug. 24, 2010

"Deeply discomfiting and artful in its use of language, this unusual and moody chronicle of Plum's horridly awkward adolescence will captivate sophisticated readers, but it likely won't be for everyone. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Lush with a melancholy beauty, this intensely introspective novel focuses on the experiences of 14-year-old Plum as she leaves behind the quiet ease of childhood and steps into the cacophony of her teen years in 1980s Australia. Read full book review >
THE GHOST’S CHILD by Sonya Hartnett
Released: Oct. 14, 2008

"The relative brevity of the story belies the depth it encompasses; it's a richly crafted tale-within-a-tale, worthy of repeated reading. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Told in gorgeous prose that reads more like poetry, the elderly Matilda relates the story of her life to a young boy she finds in her parlor one day. Read full book review >
THE SILVER DONKEY by Sonya Hartnett
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Hartnett's powerful imagery and her inimitable deftness with language lift this multi-genre work high off the ground. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Marcelle and Coco, "two skinny, flash-eyed little girls, wild as kittens born under stables," aged ten and eight respectively, discover a blind British soldier, an army deserter, in the woods near their French village. Read full book review >
SURRENDER by Sonya Hartnett
Released: March 1, 2006

"Sophisticated young readers will be awed by the delicate, measured, heartbreaking portrait that emerges. (Fiction. YA)"
A literary psychological thriller, hauntingly told, of a lonely, ostracized boy who "since childhood had been building a wall meant to protect [him] from the worst of the harm." Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"It's a quiet, complex work, whose themes of sacrifice and redemption work their way throughout; if some characters are little more than symbols, readers will nevertheless find it a memorable, haunting experience. (Fiction. YA)"
Satchel O'Rye, 23 and going nowhere fast, lives with his parents in a dying Australian town. Read full book review >
WHAT THE BIRDS SEE by Sonya Hartnett
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"Exquisite, wrenching, unforgettable. (Fiction. 12+)"
A bleakly haunting novel focuses its lens on a child struggling to survive in a family of emotional cripples. Read full book review >
THURSDAY’S CHILD by Sonya Hartnett
Released: May 1, 2001

"Dark, unusual, familiar, and slightly miraculous—Hartnett's story is not for everyone, but it leaves its mark. (Fiction. YA)"
Hartnett (Princes, 1998, etc.) tells a fantastic tale of an ordinary life during the Great Depression. Read full book review >
SLEEPING DOGS by Sonya Hartnett
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"If the novel doesn't quite live up to the standards it sets for itself, it's only that those standards are very high. (Fiction. 13+)"
An ambitious novel by the author of Wilful Blue (1994) about a family that runs a farm-cum-trailer park in Australia, although the tale would be just as at home in the rural US. Read full book review >