To Die For

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An epic battle between a boy, a boat and a shark

To Die For, Mark Svendsen

An epic battle between a boy, a boat and a shark

With a crack as though her back was breaking the dory lurched downwards. Christos felt himself twist, then fall inexorably, towards the head of the inquisitive shark.For his birthday, Christos takes his father's mackerel dory on his first solo trip. He plans to fish and then camp overnight on a local island. But things go terribly, terrifyingly wrong when Christos runs the dory aground on a reef, attracting a four-metre tiger shark as company for the most harrowing night of his life - a night during which he decides what he would be willing to die for.

Available Formats

  • Paperback
    $12.99 RRP
    ISBN: 9781742757452
    Published: 03/09/2012
    Imprint: Vintage Classic Children's
    Extent: 208 pages
  • Paperback
    $16.99 RRP
    ISBN: 9781864719314
    Published: 01/03/2011
    Imprint: Woolshed Press
    Extent: 192 pages
  • EBook
    ISBN: 9781742743165
    Published: 01/03/2011
    Imprint: RHA eBooks Child
    Extent: 192 pages
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"Shortlisted, Young Adult Book Award" - 2011 Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards

"A thrilling read." - Sunday Times

"The conflict between the boy and shark is thrilling and you will not want to put this novel down. Read it, you will love it . . ." - Bob Docherty,

"This book is an exciting, fear provoking novel that had thrills on every page. ****" - Hannekah Thompson, Townsville Bulletin

Mark Svendsen

Mark Svendsen

Mark Svendsen is author of half a dozen young adult and children's novels and an equal number of picture books. Several of his works have been Children Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Honour Books. He also wrote the lyrics for two choral symphonies by acclaimed composer Elena Kats-Chernin and holds a MA in Creative Writing from Queensland University of Technology. Mark lives in Zilzie, Central Queensland with his composer/teacher/cellist wife, Anne.