Sita Brahmachari, Natalie Sirett (illustrator)
This is something unusual for teens: an illustrated novel. The artwork – with media including pencil drawing, graphite crayon and ink – adds intensity to this emotionally charged story. Kai senses his father’s mental unravelling but isn’t sure how to help. Reeling from loss himself, Kai is drawn to dangerous new friends and excluded from school. His old friends try to help Kai in different ways, but is it too late? A very finely crafted book which highlights the importance of friends and community, of asking for help when it’s needed, and the restorative powers of nature and art.