By: Anne Brooksbank
Published: February 2013
ISBN: 9780143567165


A moving family drama about change and loss, and having the courage and strength to surf the big breaks, by the acclaimed author of 'Father's Day' and 'Mother's Day'.

"His Dad had often spoken of these rare and special days: the days when some change far out in the sea brought great waves rearing up and crashing in a tumult of white water against the land. The last one was called Big Monday."

Nat loves the surf - a love he shares with his dad, a former surfing champion. But his Dad's business has collapses, meaning that his family will lose the house near the lake and surf beach. Nat finds that life is unpredictable and, like the waves, you have to ride what comes as best you can.

Will Nat be able to hold his family together? He doesn't have much time. Will another huge surf on Big Thursday make or break him?


This is a story of one family's struggle when change is forced upon them.

Nat and his dad share a special love of the surf and Nat quickly realises that life is as unpredictable as the surf.

This is an absorbing story of change, depression (Nat finds his Dad sitting on the rocks contemplating suicide), courage, resourcefulness, friendship and, most of all, a son's love for his dad.

A truly wonderful book for Year 9 and above, that both boys and girls will enjoy.

This book was included in our February 2013 Secondary Standing Order selection.

Reviewed by Michelle