Lullaby

Awards:   Short-listed for New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults 2016 (New Zealand) Shortlisted for New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults: Young Adults 2016.
Author:   Bernard Beckett
Publisher:   Text Publishing
ISBN:  

9781922182753


Pages:   208
Publication Date:   27 May 2015
Recommended Age:   From 14 to 16 years
Format:   Paperback
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Awards

  • Short-listed for New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults 2016 (New Zealand)
  • Shortlisted for New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults: Young Adults 2016.

Overview

I remember the machine by his bed. It made a sound like sighing. Numbers twitched, unable to settle. A jagged line sawed across the screen. At least it was something to look at. Something that wasn't him. They'd brushed his hair, as if he were already dead. A song came into my head, I couldn't chase it away. `Girlfriend in a Coma'. I pretended to smile, pretended to be brave. `Twin brother in a coma,' I mouthed, `I know it's serious.' He would have laughed. He would have been better than me at this. Rene's twin brother Theo lies unconscious in hospital after a freak accident left him with massively disrupted brain function. There is hope though. An experimental procedure-risky, scientifically exciting and ethically questionable-could allow him to gain a new life. But what life, and at what cost? Only Rene can give the required consent. And now he must face that difficult decision. But first there is the question of Rene's capacity to make that decision. And this is where the real story begins.

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Author:   Bernard Beckett
Publisher:   Text Publishing
Imprint:   The Text Publishing Company
Dimensions:   Width: 12.70cm , Height: 1.50cm , Length: 19.80cm
Weight:   0.188kg
ISBN:  

9781922182753


ISBN 10:   1922182753
Pages:   208
Publication Date:   27 May 2015
Recommended Age:   From 14 to 16 years
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In stock   Availability explained
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'Stunning and beguiling...This is superb fiction-thoughtful, clear, well-written and engrossing.' Sunday Star Times on August 'An intense, intelligent novel.' Listener on August


'This is a fascinating exploration of the notion of self...Well worth reading, and when you've finished, let me know what you thought of the end because I'm dying to discuss it!' Nicole Has Read 'Clever and thought-provoking.' BookMooch 'It was incredible. The complexity of the storyline was nothing short of delicious and encouraged that deep, emotional thinking that is lacking in the majority of young adult novels.' Diva Booknerd 'It is a rare kind of young adult book that aims to leave the reader with more than just the usual afterthoughts of the story. Beckett encourages the reader on his or her own philosophical journey.' Book Kat 'Stunning and beguiling...This is superb fiction-thoughtful, clear, well-written and engrossing.' Sunday Star Times on August 'An intense, intelligent novel.' Listener on August 'This book is a beautiful example of a thought experiment, with characters you feel for, and stories that you enjoy every moment of.' Booksellers NZ


Author Information

Bernard Beckett is a multi-award winning author of books and plays for young adults and one of New Zealand's most outstanding writers. In 2006 Bernard was awarded a fellowship for a project examining DNA mutations. This new direction in his life led to the publication of the sophisticated sci-fi novel Genesis, which has since been published in over twenty countries and was the winner of the 2010 Prix Sorcieres. He lives near Wellington with his wife and twin sons.

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