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John Larkin John Larkin i(A22024 works by)
Also writes as: Shogun Whamhower
Born: Established: 1963 Yorkshire,
United Kingdom (UK),
Western Europe, Europe,
Gender: Male
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John Larkin grew up in west Sydney (near Bankstown airport). He left school at the age of sixteen to become a professional soccer player but returned to studies in his twenties. Larkin has completed a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Masters in Creative Writing from Macquarie University.

He has been a speaker at the Brisbane Writers' Festival and at many schools and he has twice been invited to take part in the 'English is for Boys' program organised by the Powerhouse Museum.

Most Referenced Works

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon The Pause Sydney : Random House Australia , 2015 8477663 2015 single work novel young adult (taught in 1 units)

'Declan seems to have it all: a family that loves him, friends he's known for years, a beautiful girlfriend he would go to the ends of the earth for.

'But there's something in Declan's past that just won't go away, that pokes and scratches at his thoughts when he's at his most vulnerable. Declan feels as if nothing will take away that pain that he has buried deep inside for so long. So he makes the only decision he thinks he has left: the decision to end it all.

'Or does he? As the train approaches and Declan teeters at the edge of the platform, two versions of his life are revealed. In one, Declan watches as his body is destroyed and the lives of those who loved him unravel. In the other, Declan pauses before he jumps. And this makes all the difference.' (Publication summary)

2016 shortlisted CBCA Book of the Year Awards Book of the Year: Older Readers
2016 CBCA Book of the Year Awards Notable Book
2015 winner Queensland Literary Awards Young Adult Book Award
y separately published work icon The Shadow Girl North Sydney : Woolshed Press , 2011 Z1799254 2011 single work novel young adult thriller

'The shadow girl never imagined she'd live on the streets. After her parents disappear, life with her aunt and uncle takes a sinister turn. Terrified that the authorities will believe her uncle over her, she flees.

'She tricks her way into a new school and pretends to have a loving family. No one knows she sleeps in rail yards, sand dunes and abandoned houses. At school she meets the author she will call on years later. Together they piece together the story of how she survived, who helped her, and the friend she wishes she could have saved.' (From the publisher's website.)

2012 winner Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Prize for Young Adult Fiction
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