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Christine Bongers Christine Bongers i(A126204 works by)
Born: Established: Biloela, Biloela area, Biloela - Moura - Baralaba area, Central West Queensland, Queensland, ;
Gender: Female
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1 So You Want to Write YA Fiction Christine Bongers , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: Writing Queensland , June-August no. 249 2015; (p. 6-7)
1 1 y separately published work icon Intruder Christine Bongers , 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)

1 1 y separately published work icon Drongoes Christine Bongers , Parkside : Omnibus Books , 2013 7615987 2013 single work children's fiction children's

'Can Jack beat Rocket Robson in the cross-country this year? If only! But his best mate Eric might be the real winner in this race...'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

1 How Do You Talk to Teens? Christine Bongers , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: Writing Queensland , 12 June no. 219 2012; (p. 8-9)
Christine Bongers sheds light on the YA Voice for Writers
1 Killer Stories Christine Bongers , Peter Viska , 2012 single work poetry young adult
— Appears in: Trust Me Too 2012;
1 Creating a Story Arc Christine Bongers , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: Writing Queensland , February no. 204 2011; (p. 10-11)
1 Creating Your Own Distinctive Writing Voice Christine Bongers , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: Writing Queensland , February no. 192 2010; (p. 10-11)
1 9 y separately published work icon Henry Hoey Hobson Christine Bongers , 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.)

1 From : Henry Hoey Hobson Christine Bongers , 2009 extract children's fiction children's humour
— Appears in: Rex : A Journal of New Writing , no. 1 2009; (p. 39-41)
1 5 y separately published work icon Dust Christine Bongers , North Sydney : Woolshed Press , 2009 Z1613947 2009 single work novel young adult 'Twelve-year-old Cecilia Maria was named after saints and martyrs to give her something to live up to. Over my dead body, she vows. In the blinding heat of 1970s Queensland, she battles six brothers on her side of the fence, and the despised Kapernicky girls, lurking on the other side of the barbed wire. Secrets are buried deep, only to surface decades later when Cecilia drags her own reluctant teenagers back home to dance on a grave and track down some ghosts.' Source: www.randomhouse.com.au/ (Sighted 13/08/2009).
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