Morrison & Mr Moore

Morrison is 17. Smart, sarcastic, annoying, and very angry.

Mr Moore, a school principal on the verge of retirement, has seen it all. Now coping with a wife who has Alzheimers, his plans for his life in retirement are in tatters. The last thing he needs is someone like Morrison.

What happens when two unlikely people find strength in each other?

This unique story is captivating and surprising, bringing tears and laugh-out-loud moments and brilliant insights into the nature of friendship and the problems of ageing at every age.

A novel of strength, hope, humility, and acceptance… and that kid who wears petticoats…

Morrison & Mr Moore Study Guide (PDF, 573KB)

Morrison & Mr Moore – Edgar Review


Seventeen year old Morrison is trouble with a capital T. He’s full of anger, frustration and passion – all of which he tries to damp down most of the time- except when it boils over and gets him into more trouble. That’s how he ends up sitting outside Principal Moore’s office.

Mr Moore invites Morrison to come and sit in his office, and thus begins a remarkable relationship. To say too much would be to provide spoiler-fodder and I don’t want to ruin your experience of reading this wonderful novel.

Michael Hyde is really on-song with his depiction of Morrison here. Morrison’s dialogue, both spoken and inner thoughts, is on the money – thoroughly believable. It doesn’t take long to become deeply invested in this flawed, but clearly gifted protagonist. Morrison’s friendship circle is small, but tight. Roxy, with whom he has been mates right through high school, is a mouthy, loyal, wannabe film director; and Petticoat Boy (Marcus) is a fabulous individual who is confident in their own skin – a great contrast to Morrison. Mention must also be made of Morrison’s Grandma, who has been a steadying and loving presence in a turbulent, parentless childhood. As the first and best example of a supportive force in Morrison’s life, she is simply beautiful.

Friendships, the good ones, the ones that mean something, come in all shapes, sizes and circumstances. Hyde’s representation in this novel is aspirational – from both an authorial and narrative perspective. The writing is economical, witty and emotional. This book is a triumph, as good as – or possibly better – than Hyde’s first YA novel, Max (which I also loved).

Don’t delay. Get this transformative book into your hands – and then into the hands of any young person you know.

Highly recommended

Sue Osborne on Good Reads

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