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Publisher Description

Winner of the Text Prize

Book 1, Southside Novels

Imagine the Tomorrow series meets The Hunger Games, in a divided city where danger is real and friendship is everything.

The City is divided. The bridges gated. In Southside, the hostiles live in squalor and desperation, waiting for a chance to overrun the residents of Cityside.

Nik is still in high school but destined for a great career with the Internal Security and Intelligence Services, the brains behind the war. But when ISIS comes recruiting, everyone is shocked when he isn’t chosen. There must be an explanation, but no one will talk about it. Then the school is bombed and the hostiles take the bridges. Buildings are burning, kids are dead, and the hostiles have kidnapped Sol. Now ISIS is hunting for Nik.

But Nik is on the run, with Sol’s sister Fyffe and ISIS hot on their trail. They cross the bridge in search of Sol, and Nik finds answers to questions he’d never dared to ask.

The Bridge is a gritty adventure set in a future world where fear of outsiders pervades everything. A heart-stopping novel about friendship, identity and courage from an exciting new voice in young-adult fiction.

Jane Higgins lives in Christchurch, New Zealand. She is a social researcher at Lincoln University, specialising in projects with teenagers. She has worked on many human rights campaigns and is interested in astronomy, mathematics and classic science fiction. She won the Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing for her first novel, The Bridge.

The Bridge, is brilliant. Every sentence is skillfully crafted, with just enough left unsaid that the reader is always hungry for more…This is a breathtaking first novel.’ Junior Bookseller and Publisher

‘Winner of the Text Prize, this is a powerful dystopian adventure about questioning authority, the complexities of war and enduring bonds.’ Fran Atkinson, Saturday Age/Sydney Morning Herald

The Bridge shows how hard it can be to tell right from wrong, especially in the face of war. This page-turner and first novel is well placed for a sequel.’ Weekend Australian

Young Adults
1 August
The Text Publishing Company
Text Publishing

Customer Reviews

T20 hero ,

The Bridge

Loved the book but not the ending. A lot of unanswered questions. It didn't really have a conclusion. I don't like that in a book.

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I like turtles.

And trains

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