A moving story about unconventional love, bullying and being true to yourself.
'I wish I wasn't the weirdest sixteen-year-old guy in the universe.'
Felix would love to have been a number. Numbers have superpowers and they're safe - any problem they might throw up can be solved.
'If I were a five, I'd be shaped like a pentagon ... there'd be magic in my walls, safety in my angles.'
People are so much harder to cope with. At least that's how it seems until Bailey Hunter arrives at school. Bailey has a stutter, but he can make friends and he's good at judo. And Bailey seems to have noticed Felix-
'Felix keeps to himself mostly, but there's something about him that keeps drawing me in.'
Both boys find they're living in a world where they can't trust anyone, but might they be able to trust each other, with their secrets, their differences, themselves?
Eileen Merriman works as a consultant haematologist at North Shore Hospital. Her writing has appeared in a number of national and international journals and anthologies, including Smokelong Quarterly, The Island Review, Literary Orphans, the Bath Short Story Award Anthology 2015, the Sunday Star-Times, F(r)iction, takahe, Headland and Flash Frontier. Her first novel, Pieces of You, was a Best First Book nominee at the 2018 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults and a Storylines Notable Book Award winner, with reviewers calling it 'compulsively readable' and 'compelling, challenging, and heartbreaking'.
Eileen's second novel, Catch Me When You Fall, was also a Storylines Notable Book Award winner and as well as her third young adult novel, Invisibly Breathing, was nominated for the Copyright Licensing NZ Award For Young Adult Fiction in 2018. Her other awards include runner-up in the 2018 Sunday Star-Times Short Story Award, third for three consecutive years in the 2014-2016 Sunday Star-Times Short Story Awards, second in the 2015 Bath Flash Fiction Award, commended in the 2015 Bath Short Story Competition, and first place in the 2015 Graeme Lay Short Story Competition.
Her first adult novel, Moonlight Sonata, was published in 2019 and called by reviewers 'skilfully crafted', 'propulsive' and 'compelling'.
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