Prime Minister’s Literary Awards 2012 – Young Adult fiction
“When we were two” written by Robert Newton has won the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards 2012 – young adult fiction award. Dan tells of fleeing from an abusive father with his little brother Eddie and their journey searching for their mother. Set in the time of the Great War, there are many pitfalls on the road for the two boys, especially with Eddie’s innocent friendliness leading them into one dangerous situation after another. Even when they meet up with group of men marching to the coast to enlist in the war, it takes all Dan’s skills and wits to keep them safe.
It is not just a physical journey, it’s also Dan’s journey into acceptance and emotional maturity.