Young Adult

Pan’s Whisper — Black Dog Books
Shortlisted: 2012 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards

2012, CBCA Notable Book – Older Readers. Shortlisted, 2012, SCWBI Crystal Kite Awards.

Pan Harper is brash, loud and damaged.

Ordered into foster care, Pan is full of anger at her mother and older sister and is certain that she knows the reality of her past — until she meets Hunter, the boy who understands her story better than anyone else, and who just may be the key to unlocking the truth of Pan’s memories.

But are some memories best left forgotten? And is Hunter worth Pan breaking her most important rule? Never. Trust. Anyone.

After — Black Dog Books
Shortlisted: 2010 Australian Family Therapists Award for Children’s Literature Yabba Children’s Choice Book Awards 2012 Shortlist, Fiction for Years 7 – 9

What happens when you’re not the coolest kid in school anymore?

CJ Alexander has been shipped off to the country to live with his grandparents, who he has never met.

Here he tries to avoid his past, but no matter what he does, he can’t outrun the truth.

Reviews…
“…After is a poignant and thought provoking novel that steps between the before and after of a life changing event in such a way as to create a dramatic and intriguing story that from the opening pages draws you in, suspended, till its conclusion.” Larrisa book girl

“…Lawson has created funny, likeable (and some not-so likeable) characters and some very moving scenes in this book about football, friendship, second chances and family.” Beantherereadthat blogspot

Allie McGregor’s True Colours — Black Dog Books
Winner: Australian Family Therapists Children’s Literature Award,
Children’s/Youth Novel

Allie McGregor has a list of problems longer than movie credits.

House renovations have forced Allie to share her room with mouse-loving little sister, Sarah.
Her dad, Will, calls Allie ‘The Hormonal One’ during his popular radio program.

Her brother Riley is just plain gross.Her best friend Lou is fighting with Allie’s new friend, Romy.
Oh, and Allie’s mum has cancer.

Reviews…
“This is a superb coming of age story dealing with friendship, sibling and life issues. Sensitively written, this novel is a truly fantastic read.” Kids’ Reading Guide, 2006-2007

“This is a brilliant betrayal of the egotism and chaotic inner life of teenagers…the text is well written, alternatively funny and moving.” Magpies, August, 2006

“Teenagers do self-absorption like no one else. The astonishing level their self-centredness can reach is captured perfectly by Sue Lawson …” The Age, 22 July 2006

” I would honestly have to say it was one of the best books I have EVER read. Thank you so so so so so so much.” A reader email

Dare You — Black Dog Books

When does a dare stop being a game?
Ruby, Khaden and Sas have been best friends forever.

But they aren’t kids anymore. Life has become complicated and it is testing the boundaries of their friendship.

Despite the warning signs, their childish games spiral out of control.
And this time someone will lose.

Reviews…
“With well-realised characterisation and crisp dialogue, Sue Lawson presents her readers with three arresting characters…” Magpies Volume 25, Issue 4, Sept.2010

“Gripping…the characters are beautifully realised.” Anthony Eaton

Finding Darcy — Black Dog Books
Nominated: Golden Inky.
Shortlisted: 2009 Children’s Peace Literature Awards.

When Darcy Abbott is sent to live with her surly grandmother and silent great-grandmother she uncovers a mystery regarding the death of her great-grandfather, Darcy Charles Fletcher, during World War II.

A powerful story of the damage that secrets can wreak over generations — and the healing liberation of truth.

Reviews…
“This is a special book. The shadows the past casts on one family- and on our society- are brilliantly explored in the voice of a young girl. Sue manages to weave the profound with the every day language of a teenager.” Jackie French

‘Powerful, familiar and intriguing. Speaks to the Australian teen experience – it will move every reader.’ Persnickety Snark

 

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Shortlisted: 2010 Australian Family Therapists Award for Children's Literature

"...a poignant and thought provoking novel that steps between the before and after of a life changing event..."
Larrisa book girl

"...Lawson has created funny, likeable (and some not-so likeable) characters and some very moving scenes."
beantherereadthat.blogspot

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Dare You

"With well-realised characterisation and crisp dialogue, Sue Lawson presents her readers with three arresting characters…"

Magpies September 2010

"Gripping…the characters are beautifully realised."

Anthony Eaton

 

 

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Winner: Australian Family Therapists Children’s Literature Award

"...a superb coming of age story dealing with friendship, sibling and life issues. Sensitively written, this novel is a truly fantastic read."
Kids’ Reading Guide, 2006-2007

"... a brilliant betrayal of the egotism and chaotic inner life of teenagers...the text is well written, alternatively funny and moving."
Magpies, August, 2006

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Nominated, Gold Inky, 2008
Shortlisted, Children's Peace Literature Awards, 2009.

“This is a special book. The shadows the past casts on one family- and on our society- are brilliantly explored in the voice of a young girl. Sue manages to weave the profound with the every day language of a teenager.”

Jackie French

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Shortlisted: 2012 Prime Minister's Literary Awards
2012, CBCA Notable Book

Pan Harper is brash, loud and damaged. Ordered into foster care, Pan is full of anger at her mother and older sister and is certain that she knows the reality of her past - until she meets Hunter, the boy who understands her story better than anyone else, and who just may be the key to unlocking the truth of Pan's memories. Is Hunter worth Pan breaking her most important rule? Never. Trust. Anyone.