First glimpse of my new baby

Posted: March 16, 2010 in Writing, YA Fiction
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We’re celebrating a new arrival in the Bongers household this week: the first advance copy of Henry Hoey Hobson.

The uncorrected proof in book form is now making its way to booksellers and reviewers ahead of its 1 July launch.

Here’s a sneak preview …

Cover illustration by Geoff Kelly Cover design by Sandra Nobes

Twelve-year-old Henry Hoey Hobson arrives at his sixth school, Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, to discover he’s the only boy in Year Seven.

Friendless, fatherless and non-Catholic, Henry is not only a Perpetual Sucker, but a bloodsucker, according to his catty classmates.

When he’s caught moving a coffin into the creepy house next door, it drives a stake through the heart of his hopes of fitting in.

His only chance to fight back is the school swimming carnival – sink-or-swim time in the treacherous waters of Year Seven.

HHH is a hero to cheer for ’til your tonsils hang out on strings.

So, what do you think?

  1. Fantastic! I can already tell that my boys are gonna love it. The only boy in the year? – the stuff of worst nightmares!

  2. chrisbongers says:

    Thanks Rebecca, I had to pry the only copy I have from my son’s fingers to take it to Somerset Writer’s Festival today. Talk about a bad mum…

  3. Michael says:

    Looks & sounds fantastic. Congratulations Chris!

  4. Hi Chris,
    I love the title, the Book Cover and the blurb. What’s there not to like about Henry Hoey Hobson?
    I wish you every sucess with it.
    Cheers, Karen :))

  5. The cover has a definite look of Queensland about it. Excellent! See you at Somerset. 😛

  6. It looks fantastic, Chris. I can’t wait to get my hands on it. Have fun at Somerset. Wish I was going. Next year, perhaps.

  7. leemcgowan says:

    Good luck at Somerset. Congratulations on the book. It looks fantastic. and well done at Stuartholme photos look brilliant.

  8. Penny Holliday says:

    Congrats Chris! O’Toole boys will love this one also by the sound of it. Have fun at Somerset. Px

  9. Congratulations Chris. It looks great… can’t wait to read it. Have fun at Somerset…would love to go while I’m up in Brisbane, but I’ve got a week full of workshops at SLQ.


  10. Josie Dietrich's breast blog says:

    The blurb gets you right in. Love that he’s the only boy in year 7. Crap that would suck. Have a ball on the Gold Coast. Read with vigour, smile and you’ll charm them all (which is a given anyway). Some magic dust for your heels. Josie x.

  11. donna says:

    Love HHH, wish he was being launched tomorrow @ Somerset. The cover looks great! Story sounds boy friendly- gross and fast pace. See you tomorrow.
    Don xx

  12. Lovely, Chris. Nice cover and good blurb. I think this will appeal to many children. Looks like a fun read. Joanna :))

  13. Chris, you must be thrilled! Henry is gorgeous. I can just imagine you – the beaming proud mother. So glad you get to show him off at the festival. Have a ball! (and I can’t wait to hear about launch details so I can get my hands on a copy…)

  14. chrisbongers says:

    Thanks everyone! Somerset is a fantastic festival with an amazing lineup of talented authors – heard Tony Eaton today, lining up for Markus Zusak tomorrow! Will keep you posted. xx

  15. chrisbongers says:

    Thanks everyone, I did have a ball at Somerset Writers Festival. Wonderful group of authors and illustrators, extraordinary organising team, and the kids were just great. Just wish Henry had been there to share the good times!

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