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Author: Fiona Bell

There are a lot of firsts to deal with when someone dies on you. There’s the first meal, the first time you watch a TV show you both liked, the first time you laugh, the first day of the Christmas holidays.

Without them.


Ever since sixteen-year-old Sunny Maguire’s mother died in a car accident, Sunny has been feeling lost and alone. She dreads the idea of spending the long summer with her distant stepfather, the person she blames for her mother’s death. But Kevin is the only family she has left and Sunny’s got nowhere else to go.

When Sunny learns that a local teenage boy has disappeared, she joins in the search along the gorge and at the waterhole – a beautiful pool tainted by a suspicious number of tragic drownings. And when she sees her mother’s ghost, she starts to lose faith in the only person she can rely on.

Exploring teenage identity, trust, young love, and the fragility of human connections, The Waterhole is a suspenseful mystery from a new talent in Australian Young Adult literature.