You've probably figured out by now that I love this tree. I love it because it's no longer beautiful, no longer a tree that would stop a tourist, begging to be photographed. And I love it because it reminds me of my mum.
Clem is slowly rebuilding her life after a house fire destroyed everything. She's about to start high school with her best friends, Bridge and Ellie, and she's happy living with her dad in their tiny flat. So when her mum unexpectedly moves back in, Clem feels like there's no space for her anymore.
But then she meets Matt, a funny and rebellious fourteen-year-old who has family troubles of his own. Clem feels like she can tell him anything a all except her deepest fear.
When everything starts to unravel, Clem must decide which secrets to keep and which to share.
Nova is the writer of the Film Victoria short films Ripples and Mr Wasinski's Song (AWGIE nomination and winner Best Australian Short at MIFF) and is also a TV writer and storyliner for Neighbours, Pixel Pinkie, H20, Buzz Bumble, Wild But True and Fanshaw and Crudnut. Nova's short fiction has been published in Overland, Mslexia, Kill Your Darlings, Wet Ink and Island and her non-fiction in Overland and Fairfax Media. Nova has written two middle-grade books in the Choose Your Own Ever After series, and three young adult novels, including Everything Is Changed which was a 2017 CBCA Notable Book. Her middle grade novel, The Secrets We Keep, was a 2017 CBCA Notable Book, shortlisted for the Readings Children's Prize and shortlisted for the ABIA Awards. www.novaweetman.com.au