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And the winner of the 2012 Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing is…

…AJ Betts, for Zac and Mia!

Zac and Mia opens in an oncology ward in Perth, where 17-year-old Zac is recovering from a bone marrow transplant for leukaemia. He and Mia, the ‘newbie’ patient in the room next door, begin a friendship via Facebook, letters and messages passed through one of the nurses—but out of hospital things are a lot more complicated. Written with great humour, Zac and Mia is a realistic novel about being a young person in extraordinary circumstances.

The winner was announced at last night’s Text Prize party, after a speech by 2011 winner Myke (Fire in the Sea) Bartlett on how the Text Prize changed his life.

2011 Text Prize winner Myke Bartlett and 2012 Text Prize winner AJ Betts

2011 Text Prize winner Myke Bartlett and 2012 Text Prize winner AJ Betts

Fire in the Sea is available from 25 July. And be sure to look out for Zac and Mia, appearing in all good bookstores this time next year!


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