20 April, 2011

Lockie Leonard: Human Torpedo

Author: Tim Winton
Genre: Fiction
Audience:Young Adult
Format: Book - Library

Synopsis: Lockie Leonard has moved schools and fallen in love. A surfing fiend, the object of his affections, Vicki Streeton is smart, pretty and rich. Lockie is the son of a cop, has the worlds most understanding mother and a little brother who still wets the bed. Combine all of this and you have a wonderful coming of age story.

What I thought: This is the first of Winton's young adult books. For me, it's the first look at his slightly less serious side. Winton has a rare ability in being able to maintain his beautiful, flowing, magic style of writing, while making it accessible for a younger audience. He was able to portray Lockie's pain and confusion as he tried to keep everything in his life on an even keel, fit in and experience his first love. I'm really looking forward to more of Winton's YA stuff.

Recommended for: those who want to introduce the magic of Winton to the young adults in their lives.