Oliver’s world has shrunk. It’s all about Year 12 finals. It’s about that magic 80% average he needs to get into uni, get his dream job and get cashed up. If only he can find a quiet place to study – away from the chaos and mess of living with two small kids and his Mum’s booming muffin business.
A study break in a small coastal town seems just the ticket. But Sunny Haven Recreation and Leisure Centre is like some weird parallel universe. He arrives cashless, bookless, phoneless and fuming in the back of his Dad’s clapped out Cortina only to find his new study space is home to an array of elderly citizens. They’ve each got their own opinions on Oliver’s life plans and he “doesn’t wanna hear it!” But gradually, with their help Oliver’s universe expands.
‘Wavelength is funny and has a beautifully paced plot. The scene at a small town pool with its aerobics class, pie warmer and pimply adolescents is so real that we can smell the chlorine. **** (4/5 stars)’
— Good Reading Magazine
‘This is a compelling, crisply written novel, highly recommended for stressed-out teenagers and their parents everywhere.’
— The West Australian
‘ … a very enjoyable story that I would recommend and that I hope goes into high school libraries.’
— Australian Women Online
‘… it is clear that this is an exceptional read, stunningly different from many others. … A wonderful read, quite different from the expected turn of story, this book has a range of characters not usually seen in adolescent fiction.’
‘The setting is vivid and real, and characters multi-layered and individual. It isn’t often that a book surprises me. This one does; Wavelength will attract a loyal following.’
— Fiction Focus
‘More please.’ — Kids Book Review
‘…a fun and enlightening read for any audience.’ — AussieReviews.
grew up in Innisfail, far north Queensland. She studied education in Brisbane, where she taught for a number of years before moving to the UK. After years of travelling, A.J. found herself in Perth and decided to finish the novel that was hounding her. ShutterSpeed was published by Fremantle Press in 2008, followed by Wavelength in 2010. A.J. has been a teacher and poet for over thirteen years. She writes when she’s not pedalling.