Between Us by Clare Atkins | Black Inc.

Between Us

Awards for Between Us

  • Winner, CBCA's 2019 Book of the Year for Older Readers
  • CBCA's 2019 Notable Book of the Year for Older Readers
  • iBBY Australia's 2020 Honour Book for Writing
  • Shortlisted, Readings Young Adult Book Prize 2018
  • Shortlisted, 2019 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards, Young Adult category
  • Shortlisted, 2019 NSW Premier's Literary Awards, Ethel Turner Prize for Young People's Literature
  • Shortlisted, 2019 Prime Minister's Literary Awards, Young Adult Literature category
  • Longlisted, 2019 Australian Book Industry Awards, Book of the Year for Older Children

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About the author

Clare Atkins

Clare Atkins’ debut novel, Nona & Me, won the 2016 Book of the Year in the NT Literary Awards, and was shortlisted for the 2015 Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards, longlisted for the 2015 Inky Awards, and highly commended …

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Praise for Between Us

‘An urgent, compelling and transcendent love story for our times.’ —Alice Pung

‘I want everyone to read this book right now.’ —Fiona Wood


‘A beautiful, raw and timely book.’ —Melina Marchetta

‘This is a story about internal lives, feelings and relationships, and the things we can and can’t control. It is realistic and charming, tackling some big issues with compassion and insight.’ —Books+Publishing

Between Us is an engaging and powerful book that delivers a heartfelt and emotionally captivating story. Its depiction of detention centre life serves as a wake-up call for an issue that will remain relevant for quite some time.  — Joe Murray, The Readings Teen Advisory Board

‘I’ve just finished Clare Atkin’s Between Us and I have no words. I could not have been prepared for the emotions it dragged me through – emotions so strong because they are rooted in issues that affect thousands of innocent people.’ —Kirrily Ireland, The Readings Teen Advisory Board


Teachers' Resources


Displacement, trauma, grief, loss, identity.

Reading age

Suitable for middle and senior secondary.


  Teaching notes

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