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Written by A.J. Betts


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Oliver’s world has shrunk. It’s all about Year 12 finals. It’s about that magic 80% average he needs to get into uni, get his dream job and get cashed up. A study break in a small coastal town seems just the ticket. But Sunny Haven Recreation and Leisure Centre is like some weird parallel universe. He arrives cashless, bookless, phoneless and fuming in the back of his Dad’s clapped out Cortina only to find his new study space is home to an array of elderly citizens.

Wavelength is funny and has a beautifully paced plot. The scene at a small town pool with its aerobics class, pie warmer and pimply adolescents is so real that we can smell the chlorine. [Four stars out of five]’ Good Reading Magazine

‘This is a compelling, crisply written novel, highly recommended for stressed-out teenagers and their parents everywhere.’ The West Australian

‘a very enjoyable story that I would recommend and that I hope goes into high school libraries.’ Australian Women Online

‘… it is clear that this is an exceptional read, stunningly different from many others.’

‘The setting is vivid and real, and characters multi-layered and individual. It isn’t often that a book surprises me. This one does.’ Fiction Focus

‘More please.’ Kids Book Review


Western Australian Premier’s Awards (Shortlisted 2010)

ISBN 9781921696305 (Paperback)
Formats B Format (198 x 130mm) (Paperback)
Categories Children's ebooks
Young Adult
Award Winning
Pages 240
Publication Year 2010
Edition 1st
Publisher Fremantle Press
  • A.j. betts

    A.J. Betts

    A.J. Betts is a Perth-based author, teacher, speaker, and cyclist. Her first novel for teenagers, ShutterSpeed, was published by Fremantle Press in 2008 and was followed with Wavelength in 2010. Her third novel, Zac & Mia, won the 2012 Text Prize and was subsequently published by Text Publishing. It has gone on to win the 2014 SCBWI Crystal Kite Award, and the 2014 Ethel Turner Prize for young adults at the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards. A.J. grew up in Queensland and spent many years travelling abroad, before moving to Perth in 2004. Read more

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