Short Stories

where the shoreline used to be

The Point

Title: ‘The Point’ in Where the Shoreline Used to Be (Anthology)
Published: March 2016
Publisher: Penguin Random House Australia
ISBN: 9780143573227

‘The Point is where you go to get high, make out or kill yourself…’

Susannah is the other girl: the sidekick, the friend, the butt of every joke. She’s the girl least likely to succeed, to get the guy, to tell her two-faced best friend to go to hell.
But what happens at The Point one summer night changes her life forever.
A short story about friendship, summer, boys and revenge.

About the anthology…

A diverse collection of poetry, short stories, song lyrics, novel extracts and illustrations from some of the most important creators today.

This anthology for upper high school students follows on from the success of the collection Things a Map Won’t Show You, which was aimed at younger readers. Susan La Marca and Pam Macintyre have gathered an exciting mix of original and pre-published works that cover themes of Indigenous issues, friendship, migrants in Australia, environmental impact, dystopia, sci-fi adventure and death.

The anthology includes original stories from: Davina Bell, Meg Caddy, Shivaun Plozza, Peta Freestone, Scot Gardner, Barry Jonsberg, Meg McKinlay (with illustration by Kyle Hughes-Odgers), Gayle Kennedy, Shaun Tan, Felicity Castagna, Amie Kaufman and Leanne Hall. Other contributors are Margo Lanagan, Ali Cobby Eckermann, Andrea Hirata, Arwa Abousamra, Trudy White, Alice Pung, Tony Birch, Wil Wagner & Lizzie Wagner, Courtney Barnett and Kate Miller-Heidke.

9780143787327The Challenge

Title: ‘The Challenge’ in Speccy-tacular: AFL Stories (Anthology)
Published: April 2018
Publisher: Puffin (Penguin Random House Australia)
ISBN: 9780143787327

Ruby and her friends are tired of the older kids who won’t let any of them play on the school oval. Fed up, Ruby challenges them to a kick off: first to three goals wins exclusive use of the oval for the rest of forever! Can a bunch of plucky Grade Threes beat a team of bigger, stronger, nastier Grade Sixes?

About the anthology…

Lace up your boots, pull on your guernsey and get ready to hit the field running with these Brownlow-worthy AFL short stories!

A collection of AFL-themed short stories written by some of Australia’s sportiest children’s authors, including: Michael Wagner, Tony Wilson, Nicole Hayes, Adrian Beck, Michael Panckridge, Sherryl Clark, Patrick Loughlin, Meredith Costain, Shivaun Plozza, David Lawrence and George Ivanoff.