One Would Think the Deep

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

Availability: In stock

Paperback (format)
ISBN: 9781785916717


Sam has always had things going on in his head that no one else understands. And now his mum is dead, it’s worse than ever.

With nothing but his skateboard and a few belongings in a garbage bag, Sam goes to live with the strangers his mum cut ties with seven years ago: Aunty Lorraine and his cousins Shane and Minty.

Despite the suspicion and hostility facing him in his new home, Sam reverts to his childhood habit of following Minty around. Soon he is surfing with Minty to cut through the static fuzz in his head, but the secrets of the past refuse to stay hidden and not even the ocean offers relief for long. What happened seven years ago that caused such a rift? Why won’t anyone tell him who his father is? How can Sam feel any sense of belonging when he doesn’t know who he is?

And if things weren’t complicated enough, there’s also this girl …


"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."


"… 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."


Winner, The Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year: Older Readers 2017
Shortlisted for the 2017 Australian Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Young Adult Fiction
Shortlisted for the 2016 Queensland Literary Award – Young Adult Literature
Shortlisted for The 2017 Gold Inky Awards