Ally Queen, aged fifteen, is the new kid in a very small town. Uprooted from her comfortable city life and dumped in ‘hicksville’ she’s trying to find her place amongst the bogans, the surfies and the spinach-munching hippies. Life is tough when your closest friend is miles away and deep and meaningful conversations are restricted to the length of a text message.
Ally needs a friend. Her mum is suffering post-traumatic stress disorder and the quiet country life, which was meant to help things, just seems to make them worse. When she meets Rel the annoying boy next door, it seems she’s hit rock bottom. But first impressions can be deceptive and, as Ally learns to relax, she discovers that life needn’t be as hard as she makes it.
lives and works in Fremantle. A freelance editor and writer, her two books for young adults – 90 packets of instant noodles (2010) and Have you seen Ally Queen? (2011) – were both made Notable Books by the Children’s Book Council of Australia. The Amazing Spencer Gray is her first book for younger readers. Deb wrote 90 packets of instant noodles while living in a shack in the cloud forest of Costa Rica, and Have you seen Ally Queen? while backpacking through South America. She wrote The Amazing Spencer Gray at a café in South Fremantle. Deb has a Master of Arts (Creative Writing) from UWA and teaches professional writing and editing at Curtin University.