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  • Published: 2 May 2005
  • ISBN: 9781741660968
  • Imprint: Random House Australia Children's
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $21.99

Nine Letters Long




How many letters does it take to spell out the truth?

Evie has a gift - a gift she's not always comfortable with. But when Alex suggests they conduct a séance, Evie reluctantly agrees. The letters on the board start spelling out one name - C-A-Z - over and over, and Evie knows she's been contacted again. A cryptic message with nine letters leads Evie to a family where two sisters, one living, one dead, share a dark secret that must be revealed. But is Evie strong enough to solve the mystery and reveal the truth in time to release both girls?

  • Pub date: 2 May 2005
  • ISBN: 9781741660968
  • Imprint: Random House Australia Children's
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $21.99

About the Author

J.C. Burke

J.C. Burke was born in Sydney in 1965, the fourth of five sisters. With writers for parents, she grew up in a world of noise, drama and books, but she decided to become a nurse after her mother lost a long battle with cancer. Since Burke started writing in 1999, she has published a number of acclaimed books for teenagers and young adults, including Children's Book Council Notable Books White Lies and The Red Cardigan, Aurealis Awards finalist Nine Letters Long, The Story of Tom Brennan, Faking Sweet, Starfish Sisters, Ocean Pearl, Pig Boy and Pretty Girl. The Story of Tom Brennan won the 2006 CBC Book of the Year - Older Readers and the 2006 Australian Family Therapists Award for Children's Literature and it is currently on the NSW HSC syllabus list. Pig Boy won the Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Fiction in 2012. Jane lives in Sydney with her family.

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Praise for Nine Letters Long

“‘A powerful story of psychological realism [that] moves swiftly into the territory of crime mystery for a dramatic resolution.’ Ernie Tucker, English in Australia”

“‘It is to J.C.'s credit that the dialogue, characterisation and writing made me belive in this story. A spooky, vivid page-turner. You may never want to wear your red cardigan again!’ Agnes Nieuwenhuizen, Australian Centre for Youth Literature”

“‘This has to be about the best psychic/crime book I have ever read… I strongly suspect I had superglue on my hands when I picked this book up, 'cause I could not manage to put it down!’ Jade Killoran, age 14”

“Praise for THE RED CARDIGAN:”

“‘A psychological drama with a tightly written plot and a strong grasp of characterisation… Burke is a powerful new writer.’ Australian Book Review, September 2004”

“‘A taut and gripping novel’ Good Reading, October 2004”


Awards & Recognition

  • Aurealis Award

    Commended • 2005 • Best Horror


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