Author(s): Darren Groth
Twins Justine and Perry have left their home in Australia and embarked on the road trip of a lifetime in the Pacific Northwest.It's been a year since their dad lost his battle with cancer and Justine became the sole caregiver for her autistic brother, Perry. Now Perry has been accepted into an assisted-living residence in their hometown, Brisbane, Australia, but before he takes up residence, they're seeking to create the perfect memory.For Perry, the trip is a glorious celebration of some of his favorite things: Ogopogo, Jackie Chan movies and earthquakes. For Justine, it's an opportunity to learn how to let go, of Perry, of her boyfriend, Marc, and to offer their mother the chance to atone for past wrongs.But the instability that has shaped their lives will not subside, and the seismic event that Perry forewarned threatens to reduce their worlds to rubble...
You can read a free sample of this novel at the Random House website.
2015 Outstanding Book, International Board on Books for Young Adults (IBBY)
Shortlisted, CBCA 2015 Older Readers Book of the Year
Shortlisted, 2015 NSW Premier's Literary
Awards Ethel Turner Prize for Young Adult Literature
"Are You Seeing Me? is written powerfully with both the heart and the head, and neither gives an inch. It’s funny, moving and hugely insightful. Darren Groth puts the reader into the heads of Perry and Justine in a way that feels so true and so revealing that I think I’ve come away with a greater capacity for empathy. I didn’t know a book could do that. We all need to spend some time inside this story." - Nick Earls, author of CBCA Book of the Year 48 SHADES OF BROWN
"A funny and beautiful story about love, life and other disasters, told with the help of Robinson Crusoe and Jackie Chan. I think what we’re “seeing” here is a writer at the top of his game. Just wonderful." - Michael Gerard Bauer, author of CBCA Book of the Year THE RUNNING MAN
"The impact of Darren Groth’s charming new Young Adult novel Are You Seeing Me? should be seismic. If it doesn’t cause a major publishing tremor similar to that caused by The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion, I swear I’ll watch Jackie Chan movies back to back for a week . . . I laughed a lot and cried buckets as I guzzled this gorgeous and deeply affecting book. You and every young adult you know should read it!" - abiggerbrighterworld.com
"I loved that it allowed us to see the lives of people who don't always get a lot of portrayal in books and in everyday life: the people who sacrifice themselves for others and those who have things sacrificed for them. When I finished this book, I closed it, and then I cried, because it was so beautiful, so ugly and sweet and harsh and lovely . . . It was a slow, beautiful amalgamation of emotion and loss and I loved it." - Anneka, age 17, Random House Book Buddies
Originally from Brisbane, Australia, Darren Groth now lives in Vancouver, Canada, with his Canadian wife and twelve-year-old twins.
His books have been published on both sides of the Pacific and include Kindling and Most Valuable Potential, which was shortlisted for the Queensland Premier's Literary Awards - Young Adult Book Award.
Darren has appeared at numerous literary events including the Byron Bay Writers' Festival and Brisbane Writers' Festival. He has been a guest speaker, workshop and masterclass facilitator and writer-in-residence for literary organisations, writing groups, schools and libraries, and has written articles for publications including The Courier-Mail, Writing Queensland and Mamamia.
Darren, a former special education teacher, is passionate about promoting awareness and understanding of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and he is the proud father of an ASD son. Darren finds inspiration in subjects close to his heart, and his latest novel, Are You Seeing Me?, features twins from Brisbane - one disabled, the other his sole carer - on the road trip of a lifetime in British Columbia and Seattle.