The nervous pit has gone from my stomach; first reviews of Henry Hoey Hobson have hit the streets:

‘Henry Hoey Hobson’ by Christine Bongers is a funny, fast-paced story, built around a likeable protagonist. Henry is an engaging narrator, who learns the importance of having people on your side, no matter what they look like. The book tackles themes of judgement, acceptance and family, both biological and chosen. This is a recommended read for upper-primary readers.’ Australian Bookseller and Publisher

‘An amusing entertainment for the sub-teens, a warm depiction of neighbourhood and community.’ Magpies Magazine

‘The narrative is well-paced – humour and heartache, trauma and triumph….This is truly a heart-warming story abut growing up and getting on with what life throws your way.’ The Reading Stack

And my personal favourite, courtesy of one of Henry’s creative inspirations:

‘In the Twilight age, it might be easy to think the Fright Night-style cover indicates yet another slipstreaming YA love-in-the-dark affair, but thankfully, it ain’t so. Chris grew up in the central west of Queensland and that dry, larrikin humour is tickling under the surface of this book, an affecting tale of a young fellah and his mum trying to cut it in the big smoke. It’s a yarn about family and fitting in and acceptance, the voice is spot-on, and the Addams Family elements made my day.’Vampires in the Sunburnt Country

And all of the above has made mine … G’night all, tonight I’ll sleep like the dead. πŸ˜‰

  1. Congratulations Chris! Fantastic Reviews.

    I can’t wait to read Triple H.


  2. chrisbongers says:

    Thanks Dee! Can’t wait to hear what you think of him. πŸ™‚

  3. Joanna Gaudry says:

    They’re fantastic reviews, Chris. Congratulations! So glad you’ve got bigtime reviewers like Australian Bookseller & Publisher and Magpies. Well done and sleep tight. Joanna :))

  4. jason nahrung says:

    Kirstyn also read it and loved it and reviewed it over on goodreads:
    It’s a great yarn, Chris, put together beautifully πŸ™‚

  5. chrisbongers says:

    Thanks JN, it would never have been written but for those drinks around your coffin. (And ta for the link to Kirstryn’s goodreads review.) πŸ™‚

  6. mgbauer says:

    Wonderful stuff Chris! Congratulations. Can’t wait to get a copy. Cheers Michael

  7. chrisbongers says:

    Thanks Michael, enjoy Ishmael’s all-conquering tour of Europe!

  8. Brilliant, Chris! It’s the Trifecta, I’d say. πŸ™‚

  9. Angela Sunde says:

    This is wonderful, Chris! Such great reviews. Sleep well tonight.

  10. chrisbongers says:

    Thanks Angela, I slept like a bebe. πŸ™‚

  11. Mike says:

    Congratulations Chrissy! Shortest plane trip I’ve ever had – finished HHH touching down in Sydney; it’s a real page turner esp the second half. Well done! As you know I like the emotional bits – and there were plenty of those. Mike

  12. chrisbongers says:

    Thanks Mike – now give it to Louie. he says it’s more his reading level! xx

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