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In 2000 Nicole Hayes was awarded a Varuna residential scholarship, for manuscript development. She has taught creative writing at the University of Melbourne and also works as an editor.

Awards for Works

One True Thing 2015 single work novel young adult

'When is a secret not a secret? When your whole life is public.

'Most sixteen-year-olds get woken up by their parents because they're late for school, or the dog needs walking. Ordinary reasons both boring and predictable, but also, well, safe. My mum drags me out of bed with reminders that she has to fight for international peace, or solve world hunger.

'Frankie is used to being the daughter of a politician, but with her mum taking over as the Victorian Premier and an election coming up, life's been crazier than usual. Add to that a brother with asthma to keep an eye on, a best friend who's been weirdly distant lately, and the fact that Frankie's just humiliated herself in front of a hot guy – who it turns out is a budding journalist wanting to interview her about her band. Frankie has a tough decision to make. Jake seems interested in her – but is it all for show, or does he really like her?

'Then everything crumbles. Photos appear of Frankie's mum having secret meetings with a younger man – and she refuses to tell the public why.

'No one's talking but someone knows the truth. With her family falling apart around her, Frankie is determined to find out – even if it means losing Jake.' (Publication summary)

2016 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Notable Book
2016 shortlisted Western Australian Premier's Book Awards Young Adults
2015 winner Children's Peace Literature Award
The Whole of My World 2013 single work novel young adult

'An unputdownable novel for anyone who's ever loved or lost, drawn a line between then and now, or kept a secret that wouldn't stay hidden . . .

Today I am free. No guilt for who's missing, what's been left behind. My face aches from smiling in the wind and my voice rasps from all the screaming, and I know that it's been forever since I've felt so completely alive.

Desperate to escape her grieving father and harbouring her own terrible secret, Shelley disappears into the intoxicating world of Aussie Rules football. Joining a motley crew of footy tragics – and, best of all, making friends with one of the star players – Shelley finds somewhere to belong. Finally she's winning.

So why don't her friends get it? Josh, who she's known all her life, but who she can barely look at anymore because of the memories of that fateful day. Tara, whose cold silences Shelley can't understand. Everyone thinks there's something more going on between Shelley and Mick. But there isn't – is there?

When the whole of your world is football, sometimes life gets lost between goals.' (Publisher's blurb)

2014 longlisted Inky Awards Gold Inky
2014 shortlisted KOALA Awards Fiction for Years 7-9
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