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Short-listed for the CBCA Book of the Year- Older Readers "When can I hold you then?" He whispered. "I want to. I..." He was going to say I love you - but what did that mean? For Xavier McLachlan, rugby is life. Winning a 1st XV jersey means everything...Until he meets Nuala Magee. Has there ever been a girl like her? She's feisty, she's troubled, she's dangerous. What will his mates think? Does he even care? Everything looks different now. Xavier McLachlan is in love.
James Moloney has been writing for young people for more than twenty years. Once a teacher and a librarian, his thirty or so books - ranging in audience from seven to seventeen year-olds - have made him one of Australia's most respected authors. James' award-winning books have been translated into French, Korean, Lithuanian and Flemish/Dutch, and include Kill the Possum, Lost Property, A Bridge to Wiseman's Cove, Touch Me, and The Book of Lies. James' Aussie Chomps titles - The Mobile Phone Detective, Trolley Boys, 68 Teeth and Grommet Saves the World - continue to be amongst Penguin's best-selling titles. James and his wife, Kate, live in Brisbane with their three children.