TENSION [*US release title: BELOW]
Even secrets have a way of floating to the surface.
It's the seven bandaid swim that clinches it. It's what convinces Cassie that there is no way she's going to swim at the local pool any longer. From now on she is going to swim in the lake. The lake covers Old Lower Grange, which was purposely drowned on the day Cassie was born. That day was important for everyone, especially Liam, a boy who joins Cassie at the lake. As summer heats up, the water level of the lake gets lower and lower. Slowly the dark secrets of Old Lower Grange are uncovered and soon, both their lives will change - forever.
What readers are saying:
'Surface Tension is a
wonderfully layered story - reading it is like being gradually immersed
in a pool of water as each layer of the narrative slowly washes over
you. The idea of the sunken town of Old Lower Grange is enthralling ...
There isnít a dull moment in this book. The story is full of human
connections that will delight
- Megan Blandford, Kids Book Review
McKinlay made me nostalgic for the days when I loved reading Nancy Drew
and Trixie Belden ... [the author] has done a wonderful job of inventing
a fresh, original, suspenseful and intriguing story in Surface
Tension, that will have you hooked to the very last page.'
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The writing of this book was enabled by a grant from the Department of Culture and the Arts, Western Australia, for which I am immensely grateful.
Winner, 2012 Davitt Crimewriting Award, YA/Chldren's Category
Highly Commended, 2012 Prime Minister's Literary Awards
Notable Book, Younger Readers Category, 2012 CBCA Book Awards