by Asphyxia,

Future Girl is a captivating own-voice coming-of-age novel that bursts with passion, resilience, optimism and joie-de-vivre. Presented as 16-year-old Piper's stunning visual-art journal, author Asphyxia deftly weaves her detailed insight into Deaf culture and what it feels like to be d/Deaf throughout this compelling story set in the near future.

Piper's mum wants her to be 'normal', to pass as hearing and get a good job. But when peak oil hits and the city lurches towards environmental catastrophe, Piper has more important things to worry about, such as how to get food.

When Piper meets Marley, a CODA (child of Deaf adult), a door opens into a new world in which Deafness is something to celebrate rather than hide, and where resilience is created through growing your own food rather than it being delivered on a truck.

As Piper dives into learning Auslan, a sign language that is exquisitely beautiful and expressive, she finds herself falling hard for Marley. But Marley, who has grown up in the Deaf community but is not Deaf, is struggling to find his place betwixt the Deaf and hearing worlds. How can they be together?

Offering an authentic window into the world of the Deaf, Future Girl is also rich with romance, a fraught and complicated mother-daughter relationship, inspiration to live more sustainably, and guidance for those interested in art-journaling. It's absorbing, interesting, motivating and important - all in one.

Asphyxia is an artist, writer, public speaker, avid art-journal creator and the author of the much-loved junior fiction Grimstone series. Deaf since the age of three, Asphyxia learnt to sign when she was eighteen, which changed her life. She is now a Deaf activist, sharing detais of Deaf experience. She raises awareness of oppression of Deaf people and what we can do to change this. Her free online Auslan course has had over 15,000 students. Asphyxia also loves to share her art-journaling processes, helping others benefit
from its powers for self-expression, problem-solving, planning, goal-tracking and self-esteem (see Pinterest: Asphyxia1974). She lives on a small farm where she combines food-growing with art. Future Girl combines all these passions.

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Language Territory Type Vendor Status
German World All

Mohrbooks Literary Agency
Annelie Geissler

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'Asphyxia tilts the world sideways and invites you to see what was always there. Don't miss this book.

Quote: Amie Kaufman

Only last week FUTURE GIRL was shortlisted for the Australian Book Industry Awards 2021, Book of the Year for Older Children (ages 13+)! That's a pretty special award here!

Quote: Allen & Unwin

'Future Girl confronts the challenges ahead of us and will open minds and hearts to the possibility of other worlds.

Quote: Sean Williams

The book will be read with profit and pleasure by all readers, whether or not disabled.

Review: Books for Keeps UK, 5 star review

'Future Girl captures the...amazing feeling of belonging to a culture with its own language, community, history and traditions.

Quote: Drisana Levitzke-Gray, Young Australian of the Year 2015

'Asphyxia's work is brilliant: a deep, original insight, and a book that everyone should read.

Quote: Jackie French, AM

'I really enjoyed this gorgeous book and related to so many things. That is rare. I can't wait for the world to read Future Girl.

Quote: Anna Seymour

'A life-changing book for young Deaf and disabled people...demonstrating the importance of the #OwnVoices movement.

Quote: Carly Findlay, OAM

This is a powerful love story, with equally powerful messages about climate change, self-sufficiency, different experiences of deafness, inclusion and fitting in. Created by a Deaf activist, author and artist, it's uniquely and beautifully presented, in the form of a collage-style art journal, and each page is a visual joy.

Review: Book Trust UK

'Beautiful, immersive... a sensory feast.

Quote: Jaclyn Moriarty

Korean: Hanulim Kids

Quote: Allen & Unwin

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