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  • Published: 3 October 2011
  • ISBN: 9780143566830
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208
  • RRP: $17.99

When We Were Two




This extraordinary rite of passage is a powerful, heart-rending story – Robert Newton at his very best.

Dan had to go,He felt he had no choice,but leaving home was nevergoing to be easy . . .

Dan and his brother Eddie take off for the coast, in search of their lost mother, in search of a better life . . . but it's a long road they face and Dan must use all his wits to get them there in one piece.

When they are taken under the wings of a group of would-be soldiers marching over the mountains to join up for the Great War, Dan and Eddie's journey becomes something quite unexpected.  The experiences they share will shape their future beyond recognition.

This extraordinary rite of passage is a powerful, heart-rending story – Robert Newton at his very best.

  • Published: 3 October 2011
  • ISBN: 9780143566830
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208
  • RRP: $17.99

About the author

Robert Newton

Robert Newton works as a firefighter with the Metropolitan Fire Brigade. His first novel, My Name is Will Thompson, was published in 2001. Since then he has written seven other novels for young people, including Runner, The Black Dog Gang (shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards) and When We Were Two (winner of a Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Young Adult Fiction). He lives on the Mornington Peninsula with his wife and three daughters.

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Awards & recognition

CBCA Book of the Year Awards

Honour Award  •  2012  •  Older Readers

Prime Minister's Literary Award

Winner  •  2012  •  Young Adult Fiction

Sakura Medal (Japan)

Nominated  •  2014  •  Children's Book

REAL Children's Choice Awards

Shortlisted  •  2015  •  Fiction for Years 7–9

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