Between The Flags

What if the worst thing that could ever happen to you had already happened, but you didn’t realise? Like your brain couldn’t handle it, so you turned it into a comic. Then closed it.

Fourteen-year-old trainee lifeguard Mandy Malham has wanted to beat Jen in the surf lifesaving championships at Soldier Tree Bay ever since Jen bullied her in primary school, but to do that, Mandy comes to realise that first she must rescue herself.

Between the Flags is a story of losing and finding yourself when some days it feels like the only friend you have is the pen in your hand. The first YA novel from author and graphic artist Rachel  Fenton.

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This book contains references to bullying, grief and PTSD. If you or someone you know needs help, call or text 1737, or The Lowdown 0800 111 757 or text 5626


Dylan Horrocks, author of Hicksville ~ “At the heart of Between the Flags is a strong emotional riptide that quickly takes hold and pulls you into deep dark waters. But never fear, we’re in safe hands: Rachel Fenton is here to teach us how to swim. This is a powerful, generous, healing book, full of life, with a central character you will never forget.”

About the Kiwi author

Rachel Fenton is a writer, graphic artist and anthologist, living in Ōamaru and a curator at the Janet Frame House. She has won fiction competitions in Aotearoa and overseas, including the Laura Solomon NZSA Cuba Press Prize 2022, was shortlisted for The Royal Society of New Zealand Manhire Prize and is a Pushcart nominee.

She is co-editor with Sarah Laing and Indira Neville of Three Words: An Anthology of Aotearoa / NZ Women’s Comics, and as Rae Joyce, she is an award-winning graphic poet.

Additional information

Dimensions19.8 × 12.8 cm

Paperback edition



Page count


Published by

Ahoy! (an imprint of The Cuba Press)

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