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  • Published: 5 May 2006
  • ISBN: 9781869417840
  • Imprint: RHNZ Children's
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208
  • RRP: $19.99

Single Fin




Award-winning YA fiction set in a surfing culture. Page-turning story that traces Fin's journey from hitting rock bottom to making his way back to the surface.

Award-winning YA fiction set in a surfing culture. The page-turning story traces Fin's journey from hitting rock bottom to making his way back to the surface.
Jamie Finland is a 19-year-old who has turned his back on his mum and headed north to the coast. When local 'soul' surfer Mike Taylor saves his life one day, a strong friendship is formed. Fin lives on the thought of surfing that next wave and partying hard with his best mate and new life mentor. But Mike is killed and Jamie is left alone.
After the accident, Fin is 'adopted' by Mike's Uncle Bobby, who runs a large farming operation down the coast. Fin is starting to get used to his new life when Mike's younger cousin, Jack, freshly expelled from boarding school, arrives on the farm to learn a work ethic. Jack is the complete opposite to Mike and this causes friction with Fin. Then Jack discovers surfing, and Fin is pressured into fighting the demons he thought he had shut away for good.

  • Published: 5 May 2006
  • ISBN: 9781869417840
  • Imprint: RHNZ Children's
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208
  • RRP: $19.99

About the author

Aaron Topp

Aaron Topp writes young adult fiction, and won an Honour Award at the 2007 NZ Post Children’s Book Awards’ Best First Young Adult Fiction Book for Single Fin, a page-turning novel set in the surfing world. It was also a 2007 Storylines Notable Young Adult Fiction Book, and is based on a true story. A former teacher, Topp now works in the rural family business in Hawke’s Bay. An avid surfer since he was 14, Topp also compiled Creating Waves: How Surfing Inspires Our Most Creative New Zealanders, a collection which explores the role of surfing and the sea in the lives of leading musicians, painters, sculptors, poets and writers. He participates in the New Zealand Book Council’s Writers in Schools programme.
On Lowly’s Book Blog, Single Fin is commended:‘Just like Wendy Orr’s Peeling the Onion written as she recovered from an injury was powerful, this book has the same powerful heartfelt resonance of truth. There is enough surfing lingo and information to please any young male reader. . . . The situations ring true.’
Reviewing Creating Waves in Boat Books, the book is described as ‘full of fascinating insights into New Zealand’s surfing world’ and makes you ‘want to pick up the surfboard and head for the beach’.

Awards & recognition

New Zealand Post Children's Book Award

Honour Award  •  2007  •  Young Adult Fiction

Storylines Notable Young Adult Fiction Award

Awarded  •  2007  •  Storylines Notable Young Adult Fiction

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