Intruder ( CBCA 2015 OR )
If you like Fiona Wood, Cath Crowley or Jaclyn Moriarty, you'll love Christine Bongers' gripping new coming of age story, Intruder. I don't walk past the house next door. I wish the woman who lives in it was dead. Which makes it hard ...because she was the one who came running when I screamed. Kat Jones is woken by an intruder looming over her bed. She's saved by Edwina u the neighbour Kat believes betrayed her dying mother. Her dad issues an ultimatum. Either spend nights next door, or accept another intruder in her life u Hercules, the world's ugliest guard dog. It's a no-brainer, even for dog-phobic Kat. When she meets adorkable Al at the dog park, finally Kat has someone to talk to, someone who cares. But the prowler isn't finished with Kat. To stop him, she needs Edwina's help ...and what Kat learns could mend fences u or break her fragile family apart forever.
Christine Bongers was born and bred in Biloela, Central Queensland. She left to attend university and has worked as a broadcast journalist in Brisbane and London, written two environmental television documentaries and run her own media consultancy. Her work was short-listed for the 2006 Varuna Manuscript Development Awards. She completed a Master of Arts in youth writing in 2008. Her first novel, Dust, was published by Woolshed Press to critical acclaim. Her second novel, Henry Hoey Hobson, was shortlisted for the Children's Book Council of Australia Award - Younger Readers in 2011. Christine shares her life in Brisbane with husband Andrew, children, Connor, Brydie, Clancy and Jake, their ageing cat Al, a platoon of water dragons, a parliament of tawny frogmouths and an embarrassment of geckos that fall at odd moments onto her kitchen bench.