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Ugly (younger readers): The bestselling Australian story, now published internationally

Robert Hoge

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Australia, For National Curriculum Key Stage 2, Interest age: from c 9 years, Biography, Biography: general, Autobiography: general, Prose: non-fiction, People & places (Children's / Teenage), Personal & social issues: disability & special nee

This inspirational, bestselling true Australian story is now published in multiple countries, including the USA.

A real-life version of the movie WONDER. Published in multiple countries, including the USA.

Robert Hoge was born with a tumour in the middle of his face, and legs that weren't much use. There wasn't another baby like him in the whole of Australia, let alone Brisbane. But the rest of his life wasn't so unusual: he had a mum and a dad, brothers and sisters, friends at school and in his street. He had childhood scrapes and days at the beach; fights with his family and trouble with his teachers.

He had doctors, too: lots of doctors who, when he was still very young, removed that tumour from his face and operated on his legs, then stitched him back together. He still looked different, though. He still looked ... ugly.

UGLY is the true story of how an extraordinary boy grew up to have an ordinary life, and how that became his greatest achievement of all.

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Praise for Ugly (younger readers): The bestselling Australian story, now published internationally

  • This fabulous easy-to-read tale is a treasure for anyone who has ever given their looks a second thought. Ugly offers a bracing perspective on life, love and the real definition of beauty. - Good Reading on UGLY adult edition

  • This is an incredible life story that will no doubt attract much publicity and discussion about beauty, ugliness and how we value ourselves. - Australian Bookseller + Publisher on UGLY adult edition

  • There is much to be learned from this ugly man whose spirit is truly beautiful. - Saturday Age on UGLY adult edition

  • [A] frank, wry and funny memoir ... - Sunday Age on UGLY adult edition

  • If Robert Hoge reckons he belongs to the Ugly Club, then "ugly" must mean humour and courage, love and decency. - William McInnes

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Robert Hoge

Robert Hoge has worked as a journalist, a speechwriter, a science communicator for the CSIRO and a political advisor to the former Queensland Premier and Deputy Premier. He has had numerous short stories, articles, interviews and other works published in Australia and overseas. He also enjoys photography, disability advocacy and social engagement. While he never got far with his professional lawn bowls career, Robert did carry the Olympic torch in 2000. He is married and lives in Brisbane.

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