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Year in year out, we all get busy around April when the year’s shortlisted CBCA books are announced.  Invariably, it’s a race to read through them as quickly as possible so that we can then start inspiring students to have a read.

While all six novels shortlisted in this year’s Older Readers section were really excellent, I was sure I had picked a winner when I settled on Clare Atkin’s “Between Us”.  Apart from the poignant subject matter, the characters and plot were both gripping and uplifting.   I was thrilled when the announcement was made a couple of weeks ago that this one was crowned 2019 Book of the Year: Older Reader’s Winner!! 

Following are the notes I made after reading the novel:

Short listed for the 2019 CBCA awards, this gripping novel gives us an up-close look at the plight of asylum seekers: their fears, their day-to-day life in detention and their frustration with their ongoing incarceration.  When Ana, an Iranian asylum seeker, is escorted out of the detention centre to attend a local secondary school, she meets Jono, the son of one of the guards at Ana’s detention centre. As their friendship flourishes, complications inevitably arise.  An excellent read which is my tip to win this year’s Book of the Year for Older Readers!

Rating: *****
Theme Fiction:
Person to Person
Suitable: Year 9-12+

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