Tragic, comic and epic, The Shadow Girl is as devastating as it is inspiring.
Markus Zusak, author of The Book Thief
The Shadow Girl is a white-knuckled thriller with a sassy main character and a terrifying villain, all bundled in with laugh-out-loud moments and savage examinations of what people believe.
James Roy, author of Hunting Elephants, Town and Anonymity Jones
A compelling tale of lost innocence, truth, lies and survival. John Larkin has created an unforgettable character who will take your breath away.
Jacqueline Harvey, author of the Alice-Miranda series
This is a brave story with dark subject matter but Larkin manages to keep the enthralling plot moving with honest writing and by providing hope as the girl struggles not only to survive but to make something of her against-the-odds existence.
Fiona Purden, Courier Mail
Winner, Prize for Writing for Young Adults
Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 2012