Verity Croker

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Author(s): Verity Croker
Illustrator(s): Cover: Bree Archer
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
ISBN-13: 978-1-63216-717-0
Release Date: January 22, 2015
Category: Young Adult

May Day Mine

Synopsis:

Life in a small mining town can be like living in a fishbowl - with everyone knowing everybody else's business. Fifteen-year-old Jodi's mother wants her father to quit his binge-drinking and his dangerous job at the mine - even more so after a collapse leaves two miners dead and three trapped deep underground.

As tensions escalate both at home and around the town, Jodi seeks comfort with her friends, but soon faces a double betrayal. Meanwhile, her ten-year-old brother Jake reacts by joining a gang of schoolyard bullies who engage in increasingly dangerous antics.

As Jodi struggles to gain autonomy over her life, she begins to discover the person she really is. But with everything around her spiralling out of control, it may not be the right time to let her family, friends, and ultimately the whole town know - no matter how much she wants to.



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I hope you enjoy reading May Day Mine as much as I enjoyed writing it!






Life in a small mining town can be like living in a fishbowl - with everyone knowing everybody else's business. Fifteen-year-old Jodi's mother wants her father to quit his binge-drinking and his dangerous job at the mine - even more so after a collapse leaves two miners dead and three trapped deep underground.

As tensions escalate both at home and around the town, Jodi seeks comfort with her friends, but soon faces a double betrayal. Meanwhile, her ten-year-old brother Jake reacts by joining a gang of schoolyard bullies who engage in increasingly dangerous antics.

As Jodi struggles to gain autonomy over her life, she begins to discover the person she really is. But with everything around her spiralling out of control, it may not be the right time to let her family, friends, and ultimately the whole town know - no matter how much she wants to.



       Verity Croker writes across a range of genres. Her most recent publication is May Day Mine, a young adult novel, released by Harmony Ink Press in the US. Her stories for 8-12 year olds, Cyclone Christmas and Block City, have been published by Sunshine Books/Wendy Pye in New Zealand.

She has written travel articles for the RACT magazine Journeys, and also has had articles published in The Canberra Times, NT News and Sunday Mail.

Some of her short stories appear in journals and competition anthologies, and most recently in Charms (a short story collection for children), in the 40 Degree South competition anthology, and on ABC online. She is also a published poet.

Verity completed her Master of Arts (Creative Writing) at UTAS in 2013, and works at UTAS in Hobart, teaching English to international students.



       

      

You can contact me on:


veritycroker@hotmail.com


@veritycroker

You can see reviews of May Day Mine on:



You can hear my interview on ABC radio here:


https://soundcloud.com/936-abc-hobart/how-to-write-a-book-and-get-published

Free book for one lucky guest, randomly selected!

I will be doing book-signings in some Brisbane (Australia) bookstores in January, 2016.


I am available for school visits in the greater Hobart  (Tasmania) area.

I hope you enjoy reading May Day Mine as much as I enjoyed writing it!

  1. Barbara J. Rebbeck said on December 11, 2015 at 5:16 pm:

    Love the cover! Synopsis draws me in. Congrats!

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