ISBN 9780702262524 – University of Queensland Press – University of Queensland Press Paperback pp – Oct 2019
David Burton is an award-winning writer from Brisbane. He has written over thirty professionally produced theatrical works, including several pieces for the youth and education sector, and directed productions for the Queensland Music Festival. His memoir, How to Be Happy, won the Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing in 2014. The Man in the Water is David’s first novel. www.daveburton.com.au
A gripping and page-turning mystery from popular #LoveOzYA author David Burton.
On his first day of year ten, Shaun sees his first dead body.
When 16-year-old Shaun discovers a dead body in the lake of a quiet mining town in outback Queensland, he immediately reports it to the police. But when he returns to the site with the constable, the body is gone.
Shaun’s father drowned a few years ago, and now his mum and the authorities questions whether he saw a body at all.
Determined to show the town the truth, Shaun and his best friend, Will, open their own investigation. But what they discover is far more sinister than a mining mishap or a murder, and reveals a darkness below the surface of their small mining town.