Teen Novel Wins Book Award!
The Sunshine List by Trudy Adams, published on 1 Oct 17, was awarded 2nd prize in the Young Australian Christian Awards. This book, for teenage girls aged 13-16, deals with many contemporary issues that youth face today.
The judges wrote, “A teenage protagonist and her family deal with rising tensions as changing circumstances threaten close family bonds. The narrator’s voice is believable and engaging. Emotions and hopes are revealed in her diary, letters and ‘to-do’ lists. Themes include common contemporary issues such as cyber-bulling, drug abuse and the fragmentation of family relationships. At the end of a complex story that continues to produce surprises the narrator reaches a sense of resolution and hope.”
Born in 1987 in the Hunter Valley (NSW), Trudy has always been passionate about the power of words and working with young people. She began what would become her first novel, Desolate Beauty, at 17, and completed the draft a year later. She achieved her degree in English literature in 2007. Desolate Beauty was published in 2009 and won third prize in the Australian Christian Book of the Year Award. Her second novel, Judging Meghan, followed in 2010, and Broken Melody was released in 2013. The Sunshine List won second prize in the Australian Young Christian Writers Award (2015).
Having finished her youth work postgraduate degree in 2010 and worked with disadvantaged young people for more than seven years, Trudy is now a caseworker who endeavours to provide children of all ages with safety and security.
She currently lives in the Lake Macquarie region of New South Wales, Australia.