“…a thought-provoking novel with a simmering tension that builds to dramatic climax.” Reading Time

Shortlisted for the 2016 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature

Joint winner of the 2015 NSW Premier’s Literary Award for children’s literature

Children’s Book Council of Australia Notable book for 2015

My arms are trembling with the tension of the loaded bow.

I can feel Leon standing behind me, watching. Waiting.


‘I dare you,’ he whispers.

Cara has grown up in the shadow of the Wall, in a closed world of food shortages and high security. Her parents are dedicated to their secret work for the government, and it’s only a matter of time before her gifted younger sister follows in their footsteps.

It’s all Cara has ever known, until the summer she meets Ava and Leon. Ava doesn’t care about rules. Nothing will ever be the same.

Read the first chapter of Crossing! Download it here: Crossing Chapter 1

Teacher notes are available here at the Scholastic Australia website.