A sassy ghost story with a Chinese twist.

Amy has enough to deal with for one lifetime. A superstitious Chinese mother. A best friend whose mood changes as dramatically as her hair colour. A reputation for being strange. The last thing she needs is to be haunted by someone only she can see. Logan is a ghost from the Eighties. He could be dangerous. He's certainly annoying. He might also be Amy's dream boy.

Short-listed in theYoung Adult Fiction category of the 2012 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards
Short-listed forthe 2012 SCWBI Crystal Kite Awards
Notable Book forOlder Readers at the 2012 Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards


Shirley Marr wishes she were many things. Like the front woman of a hot band rocking an audience in an ultra-short mini, but unfortunately she’s tone deaf with appalling emo poetry skills. It's a good thing then that writing is her biggest, maddest love. Shirley writes what she describes as tragedy-comedy-drama YA fiction with “Mad-Bad-Little-Miss-Lady-Macbeths”. She is the author of the YA novels Fury and Preloved. Shirley is an accountant by day and a writer by night. She also has a website: www.shirleymarr.net


Preloved is an engaging read about a girl stuck on the precipice of yesterday and today, not sure whether to fall back or leap forward.

Aussie Reviews

…Preloved is brilliant. Funny and honest and all kinds of awesome.

Sue Lawson’s novels for young adults reflect her empathy, familiarity with their behaviour and knowledge of the disadvantages some have to contend with. Pan, the protagonist and narrator, is a convincing and memorable character.


An interesting book about why children may end up in foster care, with real insights into the difficulties of a childhood littered with complications.

Reading Time

Preloved is an entertaining, light read.

Magpies Magazine

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