J. C. Burke is the author of the CBCA Notable Books White Lies and The Red Cardigan , the Aurealis Awards finalist Nine Letters Long , as well as Faking Sweet , Starfish Sisters , 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. Pig Boy won the Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Fiction in 2012.