Winner of the Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing.
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 is a New Zealand writer of fiction and non-fiction. In her day job she is a sociologist specializing in youth studies, focusing particularly on young people in transition from school. Growing up, she read a lot of classic science fiction, fantasy and myth and she still loves to escape into the other worlds of these stories. The Bridge is her first novel. It won the 2010 Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing, was a 2012 Storylines Notable Book and, in the 2012 New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards, won an Honour award and the Young Adult Readers’ Choice award.
Photo: Jane Higgins permission.
Photographer: Phil Teague.