Author(s): John Marsden
Two girls whose lives couldn't be more different are brought together as pen pals in this riveting and haunting novel that's perfect for fans of Orange is the New Black and those interested in unpacking the reality of life behind bars.
Mandy and Tracey have never met, but they know everything about each other. Connected through a pen-pal ad, they exchange frequent letters, writing about boyfriends, siblings, music, and friends. They trade stories about school and home. They confide their worries and hopes. It almost makes it easier, and more special, that they've never met--they can say whatever they want in the safety of their private world of letters.
But that private world may not be as safe as it seems. Can Mandy trust Tracey to be who she says she is? What secrets hide between the lines of their letters?
"A powerful book. . . . It will draw its readers in completely." --School Library Journal, Starred
"The heart-wrenching conclusion will exert its power long after this book is read."--Publishers Weekly, Starred
"Proof that originality need not be reserved for adults."--Kirkus Reviews
"The ending will shock you and . . . 'strangle your heart'." --The Guardian
Shortlisted for Children's Book Council of Australia Awards: Book of the Year - Older Readers 1992.
John Marsden is an outstanding writer of immense popularity. His first novel, So Much To Tell You, won the 1988 Children's Book of the Year Award, the Alan Marshall Award, a KOALA Award and has received international critical acclaim. Letters From The Inside was shortlisted for the 1992 Children's Book Council Book of the Year award and in 1995 was named one of America's outstanding teenage novels of the year and runner-up for the Dutch Children's Book of the Year award. John's Tomorrow series has been described by the Daily Advertiser as without a doubt the best series for younger readers that an Australian writer has ever produced.