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A. J. Betts A. J. Betts i(A117032 works by) (a.k.a. Amanda Betts)
Born: Established: 1975 ;
Gender: Female
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1 y separately published work icon Rogue A. J. Betts , Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 2019 16432095 2019 single work novel young adult

'There was no going back; there was no choice, anymore. I'd chosen out and this was it: hot-cold, dry-wet, bright-dark and lonely.

Hayley has gone rogue.

She's left everything she's ever known - her friends, her bees, her whole world - all because her curiosity was too big to fit within the walls of the underwater home she was forced to flee.

But what is this new world she's come to? Has Hayley finally found where she can belong?

Or will she have to keep running?'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

1 2 y separately published work icon Hive A. J. Betts , Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 2018 13724645 2018 single work novel young adult

'All I can tell you is what I remember, in the words that I have.

Hayley tends to her bees and follows the rules in the only world she has ever known.

Until she witnesses the impossible: a drip from the ceiling.

A drip? It doesn't make sense.

Yet she hears it, catches it. Tastes it.

Curiosity is a hook.

What starts as a drip leads to a lie, a death, a boy, a beast, and too many awful questions.' (Source: Publisher's blurb)

1 Zing in the Tale : What Makes a Great Book? Writers Share the Stories that Have Made Them Laugh and Cry - and More than a Little Envious A. J. Betts , Craig Silvey , Amanda Curtin , Danny Katz , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The West Australian , 18-19 January 2014; (p. 10-13)
1 9 y separately published work icon Zac and Mia A. J. Betts , Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2013 6106145 2013 single work novel young adult (taught in 1 units)

'Zac and Mia is the story of two teens who meet and form a relationship on a cancer ward, but who find life outside the hospital much more complicated.'

Source: Text Publishing website,
Sighted: 19/07/2012

1 4 y separately published work icon Wavelength A. J. Betts , North Fremantle : Fremantle Press , 2010 Z1708735 2010 single work novel young adult

Oliver's world has shrunk. It's all about Year 12 finals. It's about that magic 80% average he needs to get into uni, get his dream job and get cashed up. If only he can find a quiet place to study - away from the chaos and mess of living with two small kids and his Mum's booming muffin business.

A study break in a small coastal town seems just the ticket. But Sunny Haven Recreation and Leisure Centre is like some weird parallel universe. He arrives cashless, bookless, phoneless and fuming in the back of his Dad's clapped out Cortina only to find his new study space is home to an array of elderly citizens. They've each got their own opinions on Oliver's life plans and he doesn't wanna hear it!' But gradually, with their help Oliver's universe expands. -- From the publisher's website.

1 From the West : A. J. (Amanda) Betts A. J. Betts , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , August vol. 52 no. 3 2008; (p. 13)
1 8 y separately published work icon Shutterspeed A. J. Betts , North Fremantle : Fremantle Press , 2008 Z1517290 2008 single work novel young adult 'Living alone with his silent father and the shadow cast by his long-dead mother, Dustin waits. All he wants is to slip under the radar and survive what's left of high school; get through his work at the photo lab, get by. Beyond that lies real life. Then one Sunday, a single photo gets stuck in the processor and it changes everything. The bike in the picture is decent, for once, a Ducati Monster 620, cherry red. The woman beside it is striking too. What begins then as an innocent curiosity in Terri Pavish, her photography, her freedom, her speed, becomes something else, and the past swings full-circle to haunt him.' (Publisher's blurb)
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