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Issue Details: First known date: 2005... 2005 Surrender
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'As life slips away, Gabriel looks back over his brief twenty years, which have been clouded by frustration and humiliation. A small, unforgiving town and distant, punitive parents ensure that he is never allowed to forget the horrific mistake he made as a child. He has only two friends - his dog, Surrender, and the unruly wild boy, Finnigan, a shadowy doppelganger with whom the meek Gabriel once made a boyhood pact. But when a series of arson attacks grips the town, Gabriel realizes how unpredictable and dangerous Finnigan is. As events begin to spiral violently out of control, it becomes devastatingly clear that only the most extreme measures will rid Gabriel of Finnigan for good'. Source: publisher's website.

Notes

  • Dedication: for Dmetri Kakmi
  • Included on the United States Board on Books for Young People and the Children's Book Council (US) 2006 Outstanding International Booklist.

Affiliation Notes

  • This work is affiliated with the AustLit subset Asian-Australian Children's Literature and Publishing because it has a Japanese translation.

  • Writing Disability in Australia

    Type of disability Intellectual disabilities.
    Type of character Tertiary.
    Point of view First person.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Camberwell, Camberwell - Kew area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,: Viking , 2005 .
      Extent: 245p.
      ISBN: 0670028711 (hbk.)
    • Cambridge, Massachusetts,
      c
      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      Candlewick Press ,
      2006 .
      Extent: 248p.
      Edition info: 1st US ed.
      ISBN: 0763627682 (hbk.)
    • Camberwell, Camberwell - Kew area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin Books , 2006 .
      person or book cover
      Courtesy of Penguin Books Australia.
      Extent: 252p.
      ISBN: 0143001582 (pbk.)
Alternative title: サレンダー
Transliterated title: Sarendā
Language: Japanese

Works about this Work

Escaping Adolescence : Sonya Hartnett's Surrender as a Gothic Bildungsroman for the Twenty-first Century Adam Kealley , 2017 single work criticism
— Appears in: Children's Literature in Education , December vol. 48 no. 4 2017; (p. 295-307)

'This paper explores the subversion of the bildungsroman in the young adult novel, Surrender (Penguin, Camberwell, 2005), by the Australian author, Sonya Hartnett. It is suggested that, in reinscribing the traditional bildungsroman within a Gothic discourse, this novel reveals the effect on subjectivity that the horrors of postmodernity pose for the contemporary adolescent. The employment of Gothic tropes to depict the journey of the narrator, Anwell, highlights the trauma of locating an agentic subject position in a context where authoritative social institutions have been revealed as corrupt. In such a world, typical pathways to agency are problematised. Traditional bildungsroman novels suggest agency is attained by finding one’s place in the world, most often in accordance with socially prescribed schemata, although some contemporary examples confer agency through rebellion or resistance instead. Surrender posits a controversial alternative, suggesting that embracing abjection and, ultimately, death, may be considered a legitimate—if transgressive—form of agency for the othered adolescent. Rather than finding a place in the world that Anwell sees as having failed him, he demonstrates a subversive form of agency in choosing to escape from this world entirely.'

From The Secret Garden to Thirteen Reasons Why, Death Is Getting Darker in Children’s Books Erin Farrow , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: The Conversation , 12 July 2017;

'The inevitable and universal nature of death has made it a popular topic of children’s literature. While death has appeared in these stories for centuries, death in young adult novels has become much darker and more complex.' (Introduction)

[Review] McKenzie's Boots H. M. Saxby , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Viewpoint : On Books for Young Adults , Winter vol. 20 no. 2 2012; (p. 9-10)

— Review of McKenzie's Boots Michael Noonan , 1987 single work novel ; Surrender Sonya Hartnett , 2005 single work novel
Looking between the Lines Edgar Ray (fl. 2010-2011) , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 14 May 2011; (p. 24-25)
A Printz Retrospective Jonathan Hunt , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Horn Book Magazine , July/August vol. 85 no. 4 2009; (p. 395-403)
Discusses the winners of the Michael L. Printz Award from 2000 to 2009.
Submit to the Intrigue Katharine England , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 12 February 2005; (p. 9)

— Review of Surrender Sonya Hartnett , 2005 single work novel
A Risky Venture Done with Style Kerryn Goldsworthy , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 12-13 February 2005; (p. 9)

— Review of Surrender Sonya Hartnett , 2005 single work novel
Surrender to Success Peter Craven , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 12-13 February 2005; (p. 8-9)

— Review of Surrender Sonya Hartnett , 2005 single work novel
A Blighted Life in Finnigan's Wake Dianne Dempsey , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 19 February 2005; (p. 5)

— Review of Surrender Sonya Hartnett , 2005 single work novel
Domestic Darkness Michelle Dicinoski , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 12 February 2005; (p. 7)

— Review of Surrender Sonya Hartnett , 2005 single work novel
Growing Up With a Heart of Darkness Christopher Bantick , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 29 January 2005; (p. 13)
Know the Author : Sonya Hartnett Felicity Carter , 2005 single work column
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , May vol. 20 no. 2 2005; (p. 14-16)
YA Lit and the Deathly Fellows Patty Campbell , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Horn Book Magazine , May/June vol. 84 no. 3 2008; (p. 357-361)
Discusses recent young adult novels and short stories that have a narrator that is dead or dying, or other speaking characters that are dead.
A Printz Retrospective Jonathan Hunt , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Horn Book Magazine , July/August vol. 85 no. 4 2009; (p. 395-403)
Discusses the winners of the Michael L. Printz Award from 2000 to 2009.
Looking between the Lines Edgar Ray (fl. 2010-2011) , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 14 May 2011; (p. 24-25)
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