Shortlist year: 
2012
Shortlist category: 
Young Adult literature
Published by: 
Allen & Unwin

About the book

Book cover- Being Here by Barry Jonsberg

Sixteen-year-old Carly is interviewing Leah Cartwright for her local history project. But Leah resists, determined instead to tell her own story: that of a lonely child on an isolated farm, a girl whose only escape is into the world of books. And when Adam appears in the orchard Leah discovers a friend. A secret friend.

Leah draws Carly in with the magic of story - to her present, her past, her secrets, and her unique friendship with Adam.