Author(s): Bernard Beckett
Winner of the New Zealand Post Book Awards Young Adult category 2005. Winner of the Esther Glenn Medal in the LIANZA Children's Book Awards 2005 (Best children's book written and produced in New Zealand)
Here is the novel equivalent to a modern TV sit-com. Providing moments of farce and slapstick it takes on quirky but relatively credible teenagers and puts them in extraordinary situations (Malcom decides to make a documentary on sex), and watches them behave strangely and hilariously.
Malcolm and Juliet is different in tone and style from anything else published in New Zealand and is full of overt sitcom elements: sharp, smart one-liners, stretched situations, a cast of idiosyncratic characters, a 'sexy' theme and a minimum of description.
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Hilarious, with a marvellous sting in the tail. Ages 14 plus. First published 2004.
Winner of New Zealand Post Children's Book Award: Senior Fiction 2005 and LIANZA Children's Book Awards: Esther Glen Award 2005.
BERNARD BECKETT is one of our most popular writers for young adults. He's recently been awarded a NZ Science, Mathematics and Technology Teacher Fellowship for 2005 where he'll be exploring DNA mutations.