Invisible Boys

Holden Sheppard

In a small town, everyone thinks they know you: Charlie is a hardcore rocker, who’s not as tough as he looks. Hammer is a footy jock with big AFL dreams, and an even bigger ego. Zeke is a shy over-achiever, never macho enough for his family. But all three boys hide who they really are. When the truth is revealed, will it set them free or blow them apart?

‘Arriving two years after the referendum for marriage equality, Invisible Boys is a timely novel. Sheppard expands our understanding of homosexuality from the point of view of adults to consider what it means to be a young guy who realises he is gay.’

- Westerly

‘… throughout, Sheppard writes with unflinching honesty and an eye for authentic detail. It all makes for an impressive debut that’s thoroughly deserving of the accolades it has received.’

- The Weekend West

‘This is a confronting and challenging story which describes the pain of growing up gay in a small, conservative small-town community … Sheppard has given us a brave book which deserves attention.’

- Good Reading magazine

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Western Australian Premier’s Book Award (Winner 2019)
Victorian Premier’s Literary Award (Shortlisted 2020)
Paperback & ebook
Own voice young adult

Holden Sheppard

Holden Sheppard is an Australian award-winning Young Adult author. His debut novel Invisible Boys won numerous accolades and has received a $20,000 grant from Screenwest and streaming service Stan to film a 10-part series.

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