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2022 - Shortlisted
In Tiger Daughter, Rebecca Lim skilfully negotiates a minefield of trigger topics for middle-grade readers, including racial discrimination, culture clash, domestic violence, grief, bullying, suicide and taboos against discussing depression — all without once mis-stepping into the didactic or polemical. This is a vivid, readily devoured novel that hides its depths behind a simplicity borne of tight structure, deft characterisation and sparkling prose.
An exceptional example of #OwnVoices literature, Tiger Daughter examines Australia through the lens of Chinese immigration, leaving the reader with a sense of the powerful struggle of two young people, Wen and Henry, to find their futures.