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Em Bailey Em Bailey i(A141535 works by)
Writing name for: Meredith Badger
Gender: Female
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The Special Ones 2016 single work novel science fiction young adult

'He keeps us here because we're Special. Esther is one of the Special Ones - four people who live under his protection in a remote farmhouse. The Special Ones are not allowed to leave, but why would they want to? Here, they are safe from toxic modern life, safe from a meaningless existence, safe in their endless work. He watches them every moment of every day, ready to punish them if they forget who they are - all while broadcasting their lives to eager followers on the outside. Esther knows he will renew her if she stops being Special, and that renewal almost certainly means death. Yet she also knows she's a fake. She has no ancient wisdom, no genuine advice to offer her followers. But like an actor caught up in an endless play, she must keep up the performance - if she wants to survive long enough to escape.' (Publication summary)

2017 longlisted Davitt Award Best Young Adult Book
Shift 2011 single work novel young adult 'Shift is a sinister YA psychological thriller that tears through the themes of identity, loss and toxic friendship.' (From the publisher's website.)
2012 winner Inky Awards Gold Inky
2012 shortlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian Book of the Year for Older Children
2011 shortlisted Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction Young Adult Division Best Novel
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