“Andrew Daddo's young adult fiction a must read for all parents.”
Karen Hardy, Sydney Morning Herald
‘As I read One Step, I kept wishing that Andrew Daddo didn't know all these secrets: they're mine, as well as Dylan's. But I'm glad that at last someone has told them. I winced, I cried and I laughed at this unforgettable story.’
Dr Mark Macleod
Publisher. Charles Sturt University
'How great to read a book about an average Australian boy who is going through all the joys and dramas of puberty in a "warts and all" depiction by Andrew Daddo! Dylan is not having an easy time but he makes you laugh and cry, and finally has you on a knife-edge. This is a very powerful book that many Year 9 boys could relate to and others should read to see the effect that bullying - both physically and emotional - can have on others.'
Reviewed by Margaret Schwebel, Collins Booksellers Orange
'Andrew Daddo captures the humour and sheer awkwardness of our teenage years with a deft hand.
I laughed out loud so many times, and found myself caught up in the maelstrom of emotions that besiege us as teenagers. It was challenging this time around, too.'
Lateral Learning Speakers' Agency
Having faced bullying as a teenager I’ve always been attracted to novels that tackle the topic. The feeling of dreading going to school and worrying how to fit in can be all consuming, heck, being a teenager is all consuming, which is why I think that novels like One Step are so important for young adults to read as the situations in it are all too real for so many.
Highly recommended for both sexes ages 13 and up.
Katherine Dretzke is a bookseller at Readings Hawthorn
‘Andrew Daddo really takes the reader on a journey, and does a great job in highlighting the pain, embarrassment and torment a victim of bullying suffers, I think that is the most poignant part of the story, educating the reader on how insidious bullying is without having to actually say it. He just lays it out in front of you like a map drawn on a large blanket. Very insightful.
The characters were true to life and I could see myself in the situations: in the change rooms, at the parties, in school assembly, even at the end.
I really enjoyed One Step from an educator’s perspective, and as a victim of bullying it brought back many uncomfortable memories and scenarios. That's why I think it needs to be out there.’
Brett Murray - CEO
Make Bullying History Foundation
“Having faced bullying as a teenager I’ve always been attracted to novels that tackle the topic. The feeling of dreading going to school and worrying how to fit in can be all consuming, heck, being a teenager is all consuming, which is why I think that novels like One Step are so important for young adults to read as the situations in it are all too real for so many.
Dylan is an endearing character; funny, sweet and frustrating, exactly what so many teenagers are. The treatment he faces will, unfortunately, resonate with many readers, however it is so important that these stories are read so that victims of bullying can know that they are not alone, that it is not their fault and that bullies can see what impact their actions can have on a person. Highly recommended for both sexes ages 13 and up.”
Katherine Dretzke: Readings Hawthorn
“This novel was particularly pertinent to me when I read it, as I had just shown a group of year 9 students around my university. It’s so easy to be mean to other people without even thinking about it.
There’s so much I want to say about this novel, yet at the same time I don’t want the reader to go into this with any expectations for what the novel ‘should’ explore. Just let me say it should be considered as essential on high school reading lists.
4 stars from me. Students should be reading this in early high school and start thinking about how their actions offend others”.
The Cosy Dragon
“Andrew Daddo has perfectly captured the voice and insecurities of a teenage boy…”
Erin – The Kids Bookshop