By: Barry Jonsberg
Genre: YFB - General fiction (Children's / Teenage)
Published by: Allen & Unwin
Published: 27 Jun 2018
ISBN: 9781760630836


Good evening, Rob. Your first challenge follows. These challenges have nothing to do with impressing Destry Camberwick. They are all to do with Rob Fitzgerald impressing Rob Fitzgerald. Bear that in mind at all times. Challenge 1. You will enter the Milltown's Got Talent competition. This gives you over a fortnight to polish your act and work out strategies to overcome panic attacks. I would wish you luck but the point of this challenge is that you don't need it.

Introducing Rob Fitzgerald: thirteen years old and determined to impress the new girl at school, but it's a difficult task for a super-shy kid who is prone to panic attacks that include vomiting, difficulty breathing and genuine terror that can last all day. An anonymous texter is sending Rob challenges and they might just help. Or not. Beautifully moving and full of heart and humour, A Song Only I Can Hear is a delightful novel about dreaming big, being brave and marching to the beat of your own drum.


A Song Only I Can Hear is a great, emotionally charged, hysterically funny, yet poignant novel for young teens.

It follows a journey of discovery for thirteen year old Rob Fitzpatrick. Rob only has a few people in his life - his friend Andrew, his grandad and his parents. He loves Shakespeare, gets panic attacks, doesn't talk in front of a crowd, and doesn't do sport.

This changes when the drop-dead gorgeous new girl, Destry Camberwick, arrives at school. Rob realises that to attract her he must evolve. So ensues a change in character as Rob accepts challenges received on his phone from an unknown source. The first challenge is to enter the Milltown’s Got Talent competition.

Rob’s relationship with his grandad is crucial in both their lives, and Rob slowly learns firstly of his never talked about grandmother, and then his grandad’s involvement in the Vietnam War.

I can’t give any more of the story away, but I must say it is a great read, full of issues, and has a huge twist at the end that I did not see coming at all!

Best suited to lower and middle secondary students.

Reviewed by Rob

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