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A Little Spark

2023 - Shortlisted


Judges' Comments

Since her parents’ divorce, Cate Carson lives in two separate worlds: her everyday life with her mum and stepfather and the special weekends she spends with her father playing out adventurous ‘what-ifs’ that fuel Cate’s creative spark. This heartfelt novel is delightfully unexpected; the events unfold with pinpoint precision to draw the deepest emotional response, a testament to the skill of the storyteller. 

Tackling such important and timely themes as mental health, grief and the often unpretty realities of the legal system, A Little Spark is accessible and well-pitched to its audience. Jonsberg has created a cast of characters that are instantly relatable and thoroughly realised.