Single teenage father Matt is 17 and looks after his baby, Mahalia. His girlfriend couldn't cope and has gone away, perhaps forever. This novel explores the tensions in Matt's existence; between the purposeful growth and demands of the baby and his own sense of drift.
Honour Book: CBC Awards 2002, Book of the Year: Older Readers.Shortlisted: NSW Premier's Literary Awards-2002; Ethel Turner Prize for Books for Young Adults (15,000).Recommended Book: 2001 Children's Peace Literature Award
Shortlisted for NSW Premier's Literary Award Ethel Turner Prize 2002 and Children's Book Council of Australia Awards: Book of the Year - Older Readers 2002.
'Everyone in this book from Matt himself to chance-met acquaintances is real.'Rayma Turton, Magpies'A decidedly uplifting novel about what would seem an impossibly stressful situation.'Michelle Griffin, the Age'A warm and loving story of determination.'Well Read, NZ'Superb writing...an emotional and satisfying read. Highly recommended for the 14+ age group, both girls and boys.' Sydney's Child, August 2002emotionally rich' Horn Book MagazineUSA.