One Would Think the Deep

Claire Zorn

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

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ISBN: 9781785916717

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Description

It's 1997 and Sam is supposed to be going into 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?


The first UK publication of a YA sensation from Australian author Claire Zorn. This is her third novel (all three have won many awards) but it is the first to be published in the UK.

Awarded the 2017 CBCA Book of the Year for Older Readers

Shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Award for Young Adult Readers

Shortlisted for the 2016 Queensland Literary Award - Young Adult Literature.


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Reviews

"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



"Zorn’s writing is one of a kind. One Would Think The Deep is an extraordinary new work from a young adult genre star."
University of Queensland Small Change



"It seems that Claire Zorn can do no literary wrong … One Would Think The Deep is deeply affecting and will be one of this year’s must-read YA novels."
Children’s Books Daily



"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."
State Library of New South Wales



"Zorn’s greatest skill is her ability to create genuine, original characters, who feel fully developed and real … It’s an astonishing tour-de-force … As a novel, it’s brash, it’s real, and it’s alive. As an exploration of grief, it’s harrowing and heart-breaking."
Children’s Books Daily



"Beautifully evoked against a 90s surfing background and culture, this exploration of a young male grappling with both loss and romantic attraction is heart-wrenching in its poignancy. Zorn creates a truly authentic teen voice in a work which is brilliantly realised."
Queensland Literary Awards Judge’s Comments



"… a slow burn, contemplative and emotionally nuanced, it is set apart by its almost reflective quality and temperate pace which provides plenty of space between the words on the page to consider how the scars of the past can shape the present, the importance of your heritage in determining who you are as a person as well as what it means to choose who you want to become and what paths you will take in life."
allthewrittenworlds, amazon.com



"… a heavy story of secrets and the damage they can cause. Sam’s pain is palpable, his issues enormous, and his future seemingly untenable."
CBCA Reading Time



"… a story that surges with emotion, confrontation, and ultimately, hope. Each character is drawn with knife-edge sharpness. Each speaks with a clarity that never dulls. Every sense is heightened by the wrenching complexity of the lives of this very inconsequential, simple group of ordinary individuals. And it’s not just Sam who is damaged and vulnerable. Each is noticeably flawed or at least weighed down by their own limitations to a point of exquisite confusion. I loved them all."
Boomerang Books, Australia



"Claire Zorn … is an expert at navigating the complex relationships between teens and the adults that surround them … One Would Think The Deep is perfectly placed in 1997, but the teenage voice resonates with contemporary authenticity."
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