The works in this collection 'were separately commissioned to explore issues currently facing Australian youth and compassionately explore themes of growing up, place and identity'. (From the publisher's website.)
* Contents derived from the Strawberry Hills,Inner Sydney,Sydney,:Currency Press,2009 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
'"The Bridge" tells the story of Aaron, a young man deeply affected by the death of his friend, a young man at risk. He and his family are struggling to come to terms with the impact of guilt and self-doubt; and the isolation of rural lives and the pressures of adolescence.' (From the publisher's website.)
'"Home" explores notions of home from a range of young people's perspectives, both in the physical and emotional senses, examining with humour and passion themes of place, belonging and prejudice.' (From the publisher's website.)
'"The Yum Yum Room" was commissioned by The City of Mount Gambier as a response to high rates of youth suicide in the region. Honest, moving and intimate this country town story goes straight to the heart and reflects all the paradoxical complexities of living in the here and now.' (From the publisher's website.)
'"Crowded House" is set in the future when times are troubled. The cities are crowded places where work, food and shelter are hard to find and the streets are patrolled by sweepers, who's [sic] purpose is to eliminate the young.' (From the publisher's website.)