One Would Think the Deep

Series: Raven Books
Interest Age: 13 - 18 Years old
Reading Age: 13
Published: 2 August 2018
AR Book Level: TBC
Lexile Level: TBC
Pages: 336pp
Words: TBC

Availability: In stock

Paperback (format)
ISBN: 9781785916717
Ebook (format)
ISBN: 9781785916724


It's 1997 and Sam is supposed to be going into Year Twelve, Year Twelve, listening to Jeff Buckley far too loud and staying out skating with his friends until late. But instead, after the death of his mother, he finds himself moving from Sydney to the coast to live with estranged cousins Minty and Shane.
Confused, alone and grieving, Sam starts surfing with Minty to ease the static in his head. But out of the water he finds hostility and suspicion practically vibrating from every corner. What exactly happened seven years ago that tore such a rift in the family? In the face of hostility and loss, Sam is able to escape in the water - and even in love. Will he find a way through? Will he sink or swim?
Awarded the 2017 CBCA Book of the Year for Older Readers
Shortlisted for the Australian Prime Minister's Literary Award for Young Adult Readers
Shortlisted for the 2016 Queensland Literary Award - Young Adult Literature.


"One Would Think the Deep has a potent emotional heart, great characters and beautiful writing. Built around gorgeous evocations of surfing and the sea, it is driven by wonderfully evoked characters and an empathetic exploration of masculinity. Sitting squarely at the older reader's end of the young adult fiction spectrum, the narrative flows with effortless grace. In this impressive work, Zorn is unflinching in her approach to characters and setting, demonstrating an enviably assured level of craft in her writing." New South Wales Library
"One Would Think the Deep is perfectly placed in 1997, but the teenage voice resonates with contemporary authenticity. Zorn has proven, again, that she is a writer who feels deeply the complex emotional lives of teenagers, and is not afraid to lay them bare." Bev Kavanagh
"What I enjoyed most about this book is the heartfelt pain as told through the eyes of a male teen protagonist." Kids Bookreview
"'I think that part of what makes Claire Zorn's writing so magical is the way she envelops the reader in surroundings that are so believable and so vivid that one can't help but devour this book in one go." Written Word Worlds