J.C. Burke has published a number of acclaimed books for teenagers and young adults, including CBCA 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 CBCA 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.
"a good reminder for teens who came of age after figures like Arthur Ashe and Freddie Mercury brought [AIDS] out of the shadows." --Booklist Online "Filled with strong, vibrant characters, this novel is both timeless and timely. Loved it." --Melina Marchetta, author, Jellicoe Road "A solemn slice of life harmonizing beauty, tragedy, ignorance, sentiment, and the profound continued importance of AIDS awareness and education." --Kirkus Reviews