Thyla

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Thyla is a story of Tasmania: of darkness, of convicts, of devils and tigers, and of promises that stay true through the centuries. It is the story of what happened to Cat, and what Tessa really is.

Book Setting: Hobart, Tasmania
 
Thyla, Kate Gordon

Thyla is a story of Tasmania: of darkness, of convicts, of devils and tigers, and of promises that stay true through the centuries. It is the story of what happened to Cat, and what Tessa really is.

My name is Tessa. I am strong. I am brave. I do not cry. These are the only things I know for certain. I was found in the bush, ragged as a wild thing. I have no memory - not even of how I got the long, striping slashes across my back. They make me frightened of what I might remember. The policewoman, Connolly, found me a place in a boarding school and told me about her daughter, Cat, who went missing in the bush. I think there is a connection between Cat, me, and the strange things going on at this school. If I can learn Cat's story, I might discover my own - and stop it happening again.

A thrilling paranormal tale of shapeshifting, a centuries-old war and finding out who you really are when your memories betray you.

Available Formats

  • Paperback
    $17.99 RRP
    ISBN: 9781864718812
    Published: 01/04/2011
    Imprint: Random House Australia Children's
    Extent: 288 pages
  • eBook
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    ISBN: 9781742743264
    Published: 01/04/2011
    Imprint: RHA eBooks Child
    Extent: 290 pages
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"In a world of carbon copy YA paranormal, Thyla is truly unique … Thyla is a brilliant young adult novel where you'll be left itching for more, although once you begin it, you probably won't thank the author for keeping you up all night to finish it!" - awritergoesonajourney.com

"Set in Tasmania and interwoven with its rich convict history as well as the here and now, Thyla is a breath of fresh shape-shifter scented air … A truly beautiful story set in one of the most idyllic settings, Thyla not only breaks the mould-it smashes it to smithereens." - http://www.burnbright.com.au

"Thyla is an intriguing story involving immortal shapeshifters … The author has entwined fantasy with the present and the historical past of Tasmania to create a mystery with plenty of action and opportunities for reader anticipation and deduction." - Rosemary Thomas, Fiction Focus

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Kate Gordon

Kate Gordon

Kate Gordon grew up in a very booky house, with two librarian parents, in a small town by the sea on the north-west coast of Tasmania. In 2009, Kate was the recipient of a Varuna writer's fellowship. Her first book, Three Things About Daisy Blue - a young adult novel about travel, love, self-acceptance and letting go - was published in the Girlfriend series by Allen & Unwin in 2010.

Now Kate lives with her husband and her very strange cat, Mephy Danger Gordon. Every morning, while Kate writes, Mephy Danger sits behind her on the couch with his tail curled around her neck. Kate was the recipient of a 2011 Arts Tasmania Assistance to Individuals grant, which means she can now spend more time losing herself in the world of Thylas and Sarcos.

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