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The Boy From The Mish
Written by:
Gary Lonesborough 
Read by:
Meyne Wyatt 
Unabridged CD Audio Book 
Number of CDs:
6 hours 9 minutes 
June 01 2021 
Available Date:
June 01 2021 
Age Category:
Young Adult 
Fiction; Australian Fiction; Indigenous Peoples; LGBTQI+; Literary Fiction; Young Adult Fiction 
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AUD$ 24.95
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Award winning author
Debut novel

Shortlisted Queensland Literary Awards 2021
Shortlisted Indie Book Awards / Young Adult 2022
Shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards 2022
Shortlisted ABIA / Book of the Year for Older Children 2022

The Boy from the Mish is a funny and heart-warming coming-of-age story, set in a rural Australian community, about 17-year-old Jackson finding the courage to explore who he is, even if it scares him.

'I don't paint so much anymore,' I say, looking to my feet. 'Oh. Well, I got a boy who needs to do some art. You can help him out,' Aunty Pam says, like I have no say in the matter, like she didn't hear what I just said about not painting so much anymore. 'Jackson, this is Tomas. He's living with me for a little while.' It's a hot summer, and life's going all right for Jackson and his family on the Mish. It's almost Christmas, school's out and he's hanging with his mates, teasing the visiting tourists, avoiding the racist boys in town. Just like every year, Jackson's Aunty and annoying little cousins visit from the city – but this time a mysterious boy with a troubled past comes with them ... as their friendship evolves, Jackson must confront the changing shapes of his relationships with his friends, family and community. And he must face his darkest secret – a secret he thought he'd locked away for good. The Boy from the Mish is about first love, identity and the superpower of self-belief.

'A book I've been searching for over my whole career ... [it] awed me with the power of its storytelling.'
David Levithan, Scholastic US Editorial Director

'A lightning bolt to the soul. The Boy from the Mish announces a bold, necessary new talent.'
Will Kostakis, author of The Sidekicks

'The Boy from the Mish is an extraordinary debut novel, and I loved this tender, beautiful story with all my heart ...'
Nina Kenwood, author of It Sounded Better in My Head