Girl Next Door

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A novel about losing your home and finding your family, from the award-winning Australian author of Walking Naked and Finding Grace

Girl Next Door, Alyssa Brugman

A novel about losing your home and finding your family, from the award-winning Australian author of Walking Naked and Finding Grace

See, what happened was, our lives were going really well. My mum got a promotion, I enrolled in an A-list school, and then my Dad had this great idea to start an empire. But now he's 'gone to the country'. What does that mean? Is it the same place they take old, sick dogs? Has he joined a cult? It's been two months now, and I still don't know what it means.

Declan, the boy next door, says that my dad's in hospital, but everyone's dying as far as Declan is concerned. Now there are strange people living in our spare rooms, and all my stuff is on the lawn. I've tried to raise it with my mum, but she talks to me as if I am a four-year-old - when she talks to me at all, which is less and less lately.

Hello! Can somebody please tell me what's going on?

Available Formats

  • Paperback
    $19.99 RRP
    ISBN: 9781741663389
    Published: 02/02/2009
    Imprint: Random House Australia Children's
    Extent: 288 pages
  • eBook
    ISBN: 9781864714586
    Published: 01/05/2010
    Imprint: RHA eBooks Child
    Extent: 288 pages
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"Girl Next Door is well-written with plenty of drama, tension, humour, quirkiness and relevance to keep readers hooked from star to finish. Highly recommended." - Aleesah Darlison, Buzz Words

"Alyssa Brugman has once again delivered her young adult fans a strong, appealing, thought-provoking story as her protagonist Jenna-Belle and her family deal with escalating crises caused by the failure of her father’s business. This is a very timely novel . . . Highly recommended." - Chloe Mauger, Magpies

"Brugman takes a situation that you see on the news every night and turns it into a story that you feel in your head, heart and gut . . . Girl Next Door is very, very good . . . Brugman has created a truly memorable, warts-and-all, family. For ages 13 and up." - Australian Bookseller + Publisher

Alyssa Brugman

Alyssa Brugman

Alyssa Brugman has written five books about Shelby and her pony, Blue: For Sale Or Swap, Beginner's Luck, Hot Potato, Hide & Seek And Greener Pastures. This series has been shortlisted for a number of Children's Choice awards and was also selected for the 2007 'Books Alive' campaign.

Alyssa's young adult novels Finding Grace, Walking Naked, Being Bindy and Solo have been shortlisted for numerous awards in Australia and overseas. Alyssa has also written Book Two of the new Quentaris series, The Equen Queen.

Alyssa lives in the Hunter Valley.