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Claire Zorn is based on the South Coast of New South Wales. She is a writer of both fiction and non-fiction. Her work has been published in various literary journals and she has a particular passion for writing young adult fiction. Zorn has a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Post Graduate Diploma in Writing.

Personal Awards

2015 recipient Creative Industries Career Fund to attend the Reading Matters youth literature conference and workshops run by the Centre for Youth Literature in Melbourne.

Awards for Works

One Would Think the Deep 2016 single work novel young adult

'Sam stared at the picture of the boy about to be tipped off the edge of the world: the crushing weight of water about to pummel him. Sam knew that moment exactly, the disbelief that what was about to happen could even be possible. The intake of breath before the flood.

'Sam has always had things going on in his head that no one else understands, even his mum. And now she's dead, it's worse than ever.

'With nothing but his skateboard and a few belongings in a garbage bag, Sam goes to live with the strangers his mum cut ties with seven years ago: Aunty Lorraine and his cousins Shane and Minty.

'Despite the suspicion and hostility emanating from their fibro shack, Sam reverts to his childhood habit of following Minty around and is soon surfing with Minty to cut through the static fuzz in his head. But as the days slowly meld into one another, and ghosts from the past reappear, Sam has to make the ultimate decision ...... will he sink or will he swim.' (Publication summary)

2016 shortlisted Queensland Literary Awards Young Adult Book Award
The Protected 2014 single work novel young adult

'A compulsively readable novel from the acclaimed author of The Sky So Heavy.

'The worst thing that could happen would be for my life to go back to how it was before Katie died.

'Hannah's world has imploded, all thanks to her older sister Katie. Her mum is depressed, her dad's injured and she has to go to compulsory therapy sessions. Hannah should feel terrible but for the first time in ages, she feels a glimmer of hope and isn't afraid anymore. Is it because the elusive Josh is taking an interest in her? Or does it run deeper than that?

'In a family torn apart by guilt, one girl's struggle to come to terms with years of harassment shows how deep previous scars can run.

'The Protected is an honest and searing portrayal of loss and grief that conveys the repercussions of bullying to the modern-day teenager.' (Publication summary)

2016 winner Western Australian Premier's Book Awards Young Adults
2016 shortlisted Barbara Jefferis Award
2015 winner Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Prize for Young Adult Fiction
2015 winner Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Book of the Year: Older Readers
2015 shortlisted Inky Awards Gold Inky
2015 winner Prime Minister's Literary Awards Young Adults' Fiction
The Sky So Heavy 2013 single work novel young adult

'For Fin, it’s just like any other day – racing for the school bus, bluffing his way through class and trying to remain cool in front of the most sophisticated girl in his universe. Only it’s not like any other day because, on the other side of the world, nuclear missiles are being detonated.

'When Fin wakes up the next morning, it’s dark, bitterly cold and snow is falling. There’s no internet, no phone, no TV, no power and no parents. Nothing Fin’s learnt in school could have prepared him for this.

'With his parents missing and dwindling food and water supplies, Fin and his younger brother, Max, must find a way to survive in a nuclear winter … all on their own.

'When things are at their most desperate, where can you go for help?'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2014 shortlisted Inky Awards Gold Inky
2014 honour book Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Book of the Year: Older Readers
2013 shortlisted Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction Young Adult Division Best Novel
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