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Henry Hoey Hobson

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  72 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Henry is drowning in the dangerous waters of Year Seven—can he and his motley crew of creeps and weirdos prove themselves to his catty classmates once and for all?


Twelve-year-old Henry Hoey Hobson arrives at his sixth school, Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, to discover that he is the only boy in Year Seven. Friendless, fatherless, and non-Catholic, Henry is not only a Perp
Paperback, 303 pages
Published November 1st 2010 by Random House Australia (first published July 1st 2010)
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Nov 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I don't understand why I haven't already said something about this book. I think it's because it was a judging book for me.

Anyhoo, I loved it.

Still think about it.
Christine Bongers
Jul 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
The inspiration for 'Henry Hoey Hobson' came from disparate sources: the local swim club, lovely talented friends who are Goths, and the little Catholic school at the end of our street. These groups, while outwardly dissimilar, each enjoy a remarkable level of community. They engender the connections, the sense of belonging, that lies at the heart of what makes us happy as human beings.

The story came together in my head as a three-way collision between close-knit groups with seemingly nothing in
Aug 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love this book.

The story is well crafted; I laughed aloud and I cried 'a-quietly'.

I found it impossible not to love HHH and sympathised with him immediately, but Henry did not hold exclusive rights to my sympathies for long. Soon I found myself empathising with the very same people who had and did (inadvertently or otherwise) cause my poor Henry to hurt.

There were moments (the photograph know) that were so perfect. An author whom I love once said a book should be pred
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is a good story about fitting in and not giving up hope
Aug 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful book, heart-warming without being soppy.
Twelve-year old Henry and his mum have moved house yet again, and this time his mum has enrolled him in a school where he is the only boy in year 7. He's a resilient kid, but this disaster really tests him as none of his other problems do.
The teasing that bothers him more than anything else is triggered when he's caught moving a coffin into the creepy house next door. His only consolation is swimming: he loves to power through the wat
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May 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People in a reading slump
Shelves: favourites
May 2016

I love this book, it's quick, familiar and full of memorabilia.

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I'm sick at the moment and don't seem to be able to stick to one book and this made me feel soo much better. Henry Hoey Hobson is set in the city I live in, this is a very rare occurrence. I love that about this book because I can picture, really well, what places are meant to look like, unlike most novels which are set in the US or the UK. Some of the novel actually takes place just down the road from where I live so t
Leeann Nolan
Oct 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A gorgeous book about the difficulties of finding your tribe. Triple H is so vividly drawn I could see him up on the starting blocks in his Funky Trunks. As a Brisvegas gal, I felt like I was walking along beside Hoey, and cheering him on all the way.
Jarvis Johnson
Nov 22, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Thoroughly awful dreadful nothing special and cost 15$ at my local book store character is supposed to be relatable and a kid with a hard life but instead he comes of annoying and bland I found many of the “bad guys” more relatable and interesting than Henry seeing as atleast they go through character development while Henry doesnt change at all gave it to my brother who graduated from Harvard and he described it as boring schlock written by a lackie who has never put pen to paper all and all it ...more
Sep 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: trinity-library
I was pleasantly surprised by this book, which I picked up for my son and ended up reading myself. It was funny, and I love hearing an aussie voice, and places I actually recognised. What was surprising was that it had some real story to it, I think I was expecting boys and monsters and girl germs and toilet humour. But it really told the story of how hard it can be to be a kid, with the hassles of the school yard, and wondering what's going on all around you, and having no power to change anyth ...more
Kirstyn McDermott
Jul 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
I greatly enjoyed reading Henry Hoey Hobson, and actually found myself laughing out loud in various places. It's a fun, well-paced novel for young adults/children (the male protagonist is twelve) with lots of lovely jokes and references for adults as well. The humour is excellently mixed with the more serious aspects of the story, and the first-person voice is spot on. Loved the "creepy" next door neighbours who have a coffin as part of their general household furniture ... that, I can certainly ...more
Sam Sochacka
Dec 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wow, I was amazed at how involved I became in this book which is written for pre-teens. Christine Bongers has done a phenomenal job of capturing the voice of a 12 year old facing issues of great importance to people of all ages. Her skills at describing the world of Henry, both external and internal, are inspiring, and made the story all the more authentic. I sincerely hope that there are more books on the way from the desk of this author.
Mar 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
While it certainly isn't my usual genre of choice, I had the privilege of meeting the author at a book signing, and bought the book while I was there. It really is a great work, compelling enough to keep my interest and the ending is wonderfully thought out and implemented.

I would recommend this book to anyone, even if you think you're a little too old to meet the target audience.
Don't judge a book by it's cover...
I have to admit - the last half of this book is nothing like the beginning. Christine's writing kept me glued, page turning to the end.
A heart warming story. Worth the read
Charmaine Clancy
Feb 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: aussie
What a fun book! You'll love 12 yr. old Henry Hoey Hobson... he's such a deep thinker. Hillarious story about a boy who doesn't fit in finally finding a place where he does. Lots of feel-good messages mixed in the pot as well. ...more
Shallowreader VaVeros
I started reading this book to my son. We got 100 pages in and decided not to continue. It was a nice read, lovely premise but sadly we both lost interest. Perhaps it is more suited to a private read than a read aloud.
May 19, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: jnr-fic
A cute story, dealing with family relationships and friendships. In one word "nice". ...more
Mrs Child
May 02, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Middle to Upper Primary both boys and girls.
Some very funny lines. After teaching Grade 7 in Catholic Schools and knowing how the boys disappear I could really appreciate the story line!
Good fun read with happy outcome!
Sep 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic young adult book. Well written and managed to be both funny and touching at times. Great Australiana too. Highly recommend!
May 11, 2012 rated it liked it
good book. I recommend it.
Miss Rose
Recently short-listed for the CBCA Younger Readers Book of the Year.
Jun 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Good book for Human Diversity. Shortlisted in the CBCA 2011 book Week Awards
Steve Palmer
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"Henry Hoey Hobson arrives at his sixth school, Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, to discover he's the only boy in Year Seven. Friendless, fatherless and non-Catholic, Henry is not only a Perpetual Sucker, but a bloodsucker, according to his catty classmates. When he's caught moving a coffin into the creepy house next door, it drives a stake through the heart of his hopes of fitting in. His only chance to fight back is the school swimming carnival u sink-or-swim time in the treacherous waters of Ye ...more
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Christine Bongers is a former radio and television journalist who is now happier writing fiction.

Christine's latest YA novel "Intruder" won the 2015 Davitt Award for Best Debut Crime Book and was shortlisted for the CBCA Book of the Year for Older Readers. Her debut novel "Dust" is a CBCA Notable Book for Older Readers and was Highly Commended in the Prime Minister's Literary Awards for Children's

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