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Vikki Wakefield has studied professional writing at AC Arts, Adelaide, South Australia.

Awards for Works

Inbetween Days 2015 single work novel young adult

'At seventeen, Jacklin Bates is all grown up. She’s dropped out of school. She’s living with her runaway sister, Trudy, and she’s in secret, obsessive love with Luke, who doesn’t love her back. She’s stuck in Mobius—a dying town with the macabre suicide forest its only attraction—stuck working in the roadhouse and babysitting her boss’s demented father.

'A stranger sets up camp in the forest and the boy next door returns; Jack’s father moves into the shed and her mother steps up her campaign to punish Jack for leaving, too. Trudy’s brilliant façade is cracking and Jack’s only friend, Astrid, has done something unforgivable.

'Jack is losing everything, including her mind. As she struggles to hold onto the life she thought she wanted, Jack learns that growing up is complicated—and love might be the biggest mystery of all.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2016 longlisted Inky Awards Gold Inky
2016 Honours Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Notable Book
2016 shortlisted Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Book of the Year: Older Readers
2016 highly commended Barbara Jefferis Award
2016 shortlisted Prime Minister's Literary Awards Young Adults' Fiction
Friday Brown 2012 single work novel young adult

'Seventeen-year-old Friday Brown is on the run—running to escape memories of her mother and of the family curse. And of a grandfather who'd like her to stay. She's lost, alone and afraid.

'Silence, a street kid, finds Friday and she joins him in a gang led by beautiful, charismatic Arden. When Silence is involved in a crime, the gang escapes to a ghost town in the outback. In Murungal Creek, the town of never leaving, Friday must face the ghosts of her past. She will learn that sometimes you have to stay to finish what you started—and often, before you can find out who you are, you have to become someone you were never meant to be.'

2014 shortlisted Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Prize for Young Adult Fiction
2014 winner Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature Young Adult Fiction
2013 honour book Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Book of the Year: Older Readers
2013 shortlisted Prime Minister's Literary Awards Young Adults' Fiction Young adult fiction
2013 shortlisted Western Australian Premier's Book Awards Young Adults
2013 shortlisted Queensland Literary Awards Young Adult Book Award
2013 shortlisted Inky Awards Gold Inky
All I Ever Wanted 2011 single work novel young adult

'Mim knows what she wants, and where she wants to go — anywhere but home, stuck in the suburbs with her mother who won't get off the couch, and two brothers in prison. She's set herself rules to live by, but she's starting to break them.

'Now Mim has to retrieve a lost package for her mother.

'Does this make her a drug runner? Why is a monster dog called Gargoyle hidden in the back shed? And Jordan, the boy she sent Valentines to for years, why is he now suddenly a creep? How come there's a huge gap between her and her best friend, Tahnee? And who is the mysterious girl next door who moans at night?

'Over the nine days before her seventeenth birthday, Mim's life turns upside down. She has problems, and she's determined to solve them herself.

'But in the end, she works out who her people are, and the same things look entirely different.' (From the publisher's website.)

2012 winner Festival Awards for Literature (SA) Young Adult Fiction
2012 shortlisted Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Prize for Young Adult Fiction
2012 shortlisted Queensland Literary Awards Young Adult Book Award
2012 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Ethel Turner Prize for Young People's Literature
2011 shortlisted Inky Awards Gold Inky
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