“Energetic and compelling from the opening pages. And in Daniel we find a voice that I was worried was disappearing from Australian fiction: unpretentious, smart and lacking in all mawkishness. It’s a joy to hear him, and it is a joy to read a book of such complex ideas that is also alert to the art of storytelling.”—Christos Tsiolkas, author of The Slap
"This is a layered novel, ambitious in scope, its characters vividly drawn and resisting the cliches of delinquency. Its own narrative offers a masterclass, deftly pacing its reveals and alive to the questions they raise. And it does so with a stubborn optimism at its heart."—The Age
A group of teenagers, facing prison time for various crimes, are instead “rescued” from the legal system and given the opportunity to attend a special school. But the ‘school’ is an isolated rural house and lessons are more than a little unusual. A haunting exploration of incarceration, social engineering and the crimes adults commit against children.