Shortlist year: 2013

Shortlist category: Children's literature

Published by: Allen & Unwin

Red can't remember the cyclone. She can't remember anything - her name, where she lived, who her family might be. Her identity has been ripped away. Then she makes a discovery, and finds she has an important mission to accomplish. But in this chaotic, bewildering world, can she do it on her own? Who can she trust?

About the author

Libby Gleeson

Libby Gleeson AM is a popular, highly acclaimed writer who has published over 30 books for children and teenagers.

She has been shortlisted for the CBCA Awards thirteen times, and won it three times.

The Great Bear (with Armin Greder) was the first Australian book to win the prestigious Bologna Ragazzi Award, in 2000. Her novel Mahtab's Story was published by Allen & Unwin in 2008, and her picture book I Am Thomas (with Armin Greder) in 2011.

Libby has been a teacher and lecturer and is a regular contributor to national conferences. She chaired the Australian Society of Authors 1999-2001, and in 2007 was awarded membership to the Order of Australia.

She is the winner of the 2011 Dromkeen Medal, awarded for contributions to children’s literature.

Judges’ comments

Libby Gleeson's Red it is an outstandingly well-told story that will enthral young readers for a long time to come'. The central character in this dramatic novel has a compelling voice and the natural disaster scenario is of great recognisable contemporary significance.

Red is a credible heroine, the dialogue is entirely convincing and Gleeson has woven all the elements of her story into a well-plotted page-turner. This is a book of enduring value that will resonate profoundly with today's children.