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Life in a small mining town can be like living in a fishbowl, where everyone knows everybody else's business. 

Fifteen-year-old Jodi's mother wants her father to quit his binge drinking and his dangerous job at the mine - even more so after a collapse leaves two miners dead and three trapped deep underground.

As tensions escalate both at home and around the town, Jodi seeks comfort with her friends but soon faces a double betrayal. As Jodi struggles to gain autonomy over her life, she begins to discover the person she really is. 

But with everything around her spiraling out of control, it may not be the right time to let her family, friends, and ultimately the whole town know - no matter how much she wants to.

About The Author

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Verity Croker's writing has taken her to the foothills of the Himalayas, the islands of Fiji, and the bustling streets of New York City. 

Her young adult novels, Jilda's Ark and May Day Mine, are published by Harmony Ink Press, US, and her junior fiction chapter books, Cyclone Christmas and Block City, are published by Sunshine Books, NZ. Hot Pot is her debut adult novel.

Verity also writes newspaper articles, short stories, poetry, and travel articles. She received her MA in Creative Writing from the University of Tasmania, Hobart, while teaching international students there. Verity currently lives in Brisbane, working as a self-employed author.

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