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  • Winner, The Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing, 2009
  • Notable Book, CBCA Young Adult Fiction, 2011
  • Shortlisted, WA Premier’s Book Award for Young Adults, 2011
  • Shortlisted, Gold Inky Award, 2011

A guy who howls. A girl on a mission to forget.

In the suburb of Shyness, where the sun doesn’t rise and the border crackles with a strange energy, Wolfboy meets a stranger at the Diabetic Hotel. She tells him her name is Wildgirl, and she dares him to be her guide through the endless night.

But then they are mugged by the sugar-crazed Kidds. And what plays out is moving, reckless…dangerous. There are things that can only be said in the dark. And one long night is time enough to change your life.


One of Leanne’s talented fans has created a wonderful illustration of Wolfboy and Wildgirl in Shyness. Have a look and a read of her blog here.

Praise for Leanne Hall and This Is Shyness:

It’s original; it’s edgy; it skirts the borders of fantasy while being anchored in the real world, and it’s totally absorbing. The long night is over, but we know the story continues. More please.

Good Reading

Exquisitely original and certainly unique, This Is Shyness is not a novel you will forget in a hurry. Wildgirl and Wolfboy are characters I assure you, you will remember forever.

Book Gryffin

Refreshingly original, Hall’s debut novel has a genuine edge. It’s Bladerunner meets Peter Pan with a bit of sweetness, sadness and tension.

Sunday Age

For more mature readers who choose to trespass into the realm of young adult fiction, This is Shyness is just the book to revive a faded sense of rebellion and adventure.

Weekend Australian
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Leanne Hall

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Leanne Hall is the author of two novels for young adults, the Text Prize-winning This Is Shyness and its sequel Queen of the Night. Leanne has had shorter pieces published in Meanjin, Age, Best Australian Stories and the anthology Growing Up Asian In Australia. Her w… »


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  • RRP: $19.95
  • Pub date: 09/08/2010
  • ISBN: 9781921799341
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