Hard Yards by Melissa Lucashenko
A powerful story of life and death on the run, from the Miles Franklin Literary Award-winning author of Too Much LipRoo Glover has two highly desirable talents – he can fight, and he can run like the clappers. In the inner-city’s harsh code there are losers and survivors, and Roo’s a survivor. He’s made it through adoption, juvenile detention and poverty. He’s an athlete in training, aching towards the dream of Olympic qualification. He’s even coping with being white in the turbulent Aboriginal family of his girlfriend. But when cousin Stanley dies in custody, and Roo finds his father in the same week, trouble starts to catch up with him.