Shortlist year: 2012

Shortlist category: Young adult literature

Published by: Penguin Random House

When you’re fighting to forget, what would make you remember?

Pan Harris is brash, loud and damaged. Ordered into foster care, Pan angry at the mother who abandoned her, and the older sister who kept her from her father.

Pan 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.

About the author

Sue Lawson

Sue Lawson writes books for children and young adults.

In 2012, Pan’s Whisper was short-listed for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards, was a Notable Book at the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards and won the Australian Family Therapists’ Award for Children’s Literature.

Her 2015 novel Freedom Ride was short-listed for the Children’s Book Council Book of the Year Award in the Older Category and in the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards for the Ethel Turner Prize for Young People’s Literature; and was long-listed for the Davitt Awards in the Young Adult Novels category.