The Dolphin Deception
... is my unpublished magic-realist novel for 11 to 14 year olds. It's a stand-alone title of 47,500 words.
Set right now in an Australian coastal town, The Dolphin Deception tackles serious issues - body image, dyslexia and homophobia - with compassion and humour.
Daz is a talking dolphin. He's also the embodiment of a guardian spirit of local legend, a philosopher, a junk food lover and a born hustler.
Daz befriends three lonely teenagers battling self-doubt and bullies: studious and reliable Willow; attractive and sassy Cassie; and Dylan, who lives to surf. Meanwhile, a Japanese honeymooner risks his marriage by attempting to prove that Daz exists.
To protect the place they love from a property developer with nefarious plans, the teenagers and the dolphin unite in a daring deceit. When their scheme goes dramatically off-track, the teenagers discover Daz's deeper deception.
The resolution includes: re-education (for the bullies); reparation (by the developer); reconciliation (of the Japanese couple); reincarnation (people will believe anything); and a dolphin on a jet ski (because female dolphins can't resist a bow wave).
A novel is never anything
but a philosophy
put into images.