AustLit logo
Christine Bongers Christine Bongers i(A126204 works by)
Born: Established: Biloela, Biloela area, Biloela - Moura - Baralaba area, Central West Queensland, Queensland, ;
Gender: Female
The material on this page is available to AustLit subscribers. If you are a subscriber or are from a subscribing organisation, please log in to gain full access. To explore options for subscribing to this unique teaching, research, and publishing resource for Australian culture and storytelling, please contact us or find out more.


Christine Bongers worked as a radio and television journalist before becoming a writer. She completed her Masters (Research) in Youth Writing at the Queensland University of Technology in 2008, and had her creative component published as the novel Dust.

Most Referenced Works

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Intruder North Sydney : Random House , 2014 6963675 2014 single work novel young adult

'If you like Fiona Wood, Cath Crowley or Jaclyn Moriarty, you'll love Christine Bongers' gripping new coming of age story, Intruder.

'I don't walk past the house next door. I wish the woman who lives in it was dead. Which makes it hard . . . because she was the one who came running when I screamed.

'Kat Jones is woken by an Intruder looming over her bed. She's saved by Edwina – the neighbour Kat believes betrayed her dying mother.

'Her dad issues an ultimatum. Either spend nights next door, or accept another Intruder in her life – Hercules, the world's ugliest guard dog. It's a no-brainer, even for dog-phobic Kat.

'When she meets adorkable Al at the dog park, finally Kat has someone to talk to, someone who cares.

'But the prowler isn't finished with Kat. To stop him, she needs Edwina's help . . . and what Kat learns could mend fences – or break her fragile family apart forever.' (Publication summary)

2015 winner Davitt Award Best Debut
2015 shortlisted Davitt Award Best Young Adult Book
2015 shortlisted CBCA Book of the Year Awards Book of the Year: Older Readers
2015 CBCA Book of the Year Awards Notable Book Older Readers
y separately published work icon Henry Hoey Hobson North Sydney : Woolshed Press , 2010 Z1701545 2010 single work children's fiction children's humour

'Twelve-and-a-half-year-old Henry Hoey Hobson is drowning in the dangerous waters of Year Seven. He arrives at his sixth school in as many years, Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, to discover that he is the only boy in the grade. The tiny school in inner-city Brisbane has lost most of its older boys to bigger Catholic colleges, leaving only a trio of male misfits a year below him, and in his year, an intimidating all-female line-up.

'Fatherless, friendless and non-Catholic, Henry earns a reputation as a vampire on his first day, when ill-fitting braces make his mouth bleed. His mum, Lydia, is no help - she's running around town, in bright red platform heels and a skirt that's too short and too tight, chasing a pot of gold at the end of a real estate rainbow. Due to a recent growth spurt, Henry towers over his tiny, doll-like mum and swings between feeling protective and angry that she has abandoned him to his fate as a Perpetual Sucker.

'To make matters worse, a pack of weirdos moves in next door. Manny, Vee, Caleb and Anders are creatures of the night. With their pale skin, black clothing and eerie coffin, they freak out the local kids. When they befriend Henry, they drive a stake through the heart of any chance he might have had of fitting in.

'Henry's only chance to redeem himself is the school swimming carnival. But first he must deal with the withdrawn and tortured Anders' attempts to overcome his own dark past and earn a place in the light, at Henry's side.

'Finally, Henry and his motley cheer squad must choose how they want to live their lives. Is living life at the margins enough for any of them?' (From the publisher's website.)

2011 shortlisted Queensland Premier's Literary Awards Best Children's Book
2010 shortlisted Western Australian Premier's Book Awards Premier's Prize for Writing for Children
2011 shortlisted CBCA Book of the Year Awards Book of the Year: Younger Readers
Last amended 31 Jul 2014 13:27:15
Other mentions of "" in AustLit: