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Have you seen Ally Queen?

Written by Deb Fitzpatrick


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Ally Queen, aged fifteen, is the new kid in a very small town. Life is tough when your closest friend is miles away and deep and meaningful conversations are restricted to the length of a text message. And Ally needs a friend. Her mum is suffering post-traumatic stress disorder and the quiet country life, which was meant to help things, just seems to make them worse.

When she meets Rel the annoying boy next door, it seems she’s hit rock bottom. But first impressions can be deceptive and, as Ally learns to relax, she discovers that life needn’t be as hard as she makes it.

‘a good, accessible read for young adults.’ Books+Publishing

‘Terrific read …’ The Examiner

‘A great modern romance for teen readers.’ The Sunday Times

‘Fitzpatrick should be commended for a sensitive story about the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder.’ The Australian

‘This is a great book for teenagers or the advanced younger reader.’ Cairns Post

‘Deb Fitzpatrick’s second novel for young adults is reminiscent of Aimee Said’s Finding Freia Lockhart but with a beach setting, and there are definitely echoes of the wonderful Brigid Lowry.’ Magpies


Children’s Book Council of Australia Older Readers (Notable Book 2012)

ISBN 9781921888489 (Paperback)
Formats B Format (198 x 130mm) (Paperback)
Categories Award Winning
Children's ebooks
Young Adult
Pages 280
Publication Year 2011
Edition 1st
Publisher Fremantle Press
  • Deb

    Deb Fitzpatrick

    Deb Fitzpatrick is the author of six novels. Her young adult novels (90 packets of instant noodles and Have you seen Ally Queen?) were named Notable Books by the Children’s Book Council of Australia; two of her books have been shortlisted in the West Australian Young Readers Book Awards (WAYRBAs); and her middle grade book The amazing Spencer Gray was published in the US in 2017. Deb loves using stories from real life in her novels and tries to include her kids’ names in her books wherever possible. She regularly teaches creative writing at schools and loves motivating writers of all ages. Deb's latest book is The spectacular Spencer Gray, and she is the recipient of a 2020 May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust Creative Time Residential Fellowship to write her next novel. Read more