'Many great books are nominated [for a YABBA Award] each each, but only one can actually be the winner. Some books are nominated year in year out, but never actually get to win a YABBA Award.
'Once a book has been nominated five times, but has yet to win a YABBA. we feel it deserves recognition for the special place it occupies in the hearts and minds of Victorian children. That’s why we have the Hall of Fame.'
Source: 'YABBA Hall of Fame'
Sighted: 28 October 2014
'It's Miss Corker's first day at her new school (in fact, it's her first day at anyschool) and she is looking forward to meeting her class. Leigh Hobbs turns his sharply observant eyes to the oddballs and misfits in Grade 4 in this absolutely hilarious illustrated story for 7-11 year olds.' (Publication summary)
Bob the Builder is a very happy man until the day his nice, messy house is infested with elves. The elves tidy up Bob's house till it's horribly clean and bright. They even shine his working boots, polish his hard hat, and put fairy bread in his lunch box. His mates just laugh and laugh. Bob is so embarrassed! But with the help of Lily Sweet, the lady next door, he achieves a compromise, and lots of good things follow.
'This quintessential collection of May Gibbs’ classic stories was first published in 1940 and has never been out of print since! Featuring the tales of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie (first published in 1918) and its two sequels, Little Ragged Blossom (1920) and Little Obelia (1921). In this new edition, all of May’s original artwork has been sourced and re-scanned and the illustrations look as exquisite as the day May put down her paintbrush all those years ago.' (Source: author's website)
'Hell is still the safest place on earth.
'When you've run out of choices, you've only got yourself.
'As war rages, as the enemy closes in, as Ellie and her friends fight for their lives, they are left with nothing. Nothing but courage, spirit and pride' (Source: bookseller's website).
'Lockie Leonard, hot surf-rat, is in love. The human torpedo is barely settled into his new school, and already he's got a girl on his mind. And not just any girl: it has to be Vicki Streeton, the smartest, prettiest, richest girl in the class. What chance have you got when your dad's a cop, your mum's a frighteningly understanding parent, your brother wets the bed and the teachers take an instant dislike to you and then you fall in love at twelve-and-three-quarter years old? It can only mean trouble, worry, mega-embarrassment and some wild, wild times ' (Publication summary)
''I'm only going to say this once more,' said Dad, 'so listen very carefully. We are not ever, under any circumstance, going to Australia.'What does a kid do when his Mum and Dad are misery guts?Move them to a tropical Paradise, decides Keith. That'll cheer them up.It's a brilliant plan-if he can pull it off.' (Publication summary)
`Grandma lived in Gooligulch, Near Bandywallop East. A fair way north of Murrumbum, (Five hundred miles at least).' Here is a rollicking tale with a distinctly Australian flavour. (Publication summary)
A boy wants to play with his exciting new video game but keeps being interrupted by members of his family who bring him back to reality. The interruptions are reflected in the on-going playing of the game.
'Scott and his friends are simply staying alive in year 5 until their surprising new teacher, Mr Murlin, comes along.
'Boring textbooks go into the bin, eating chocolate in class becomes compulsory and suddenly it's OK to be weird.
'But Mr Murlin is not popular with everyone...'
Source: Publisher's blurb.
The story of a boy and his pelican, Mr Percival, who live on the South Australian Coorong.
What's the biggest danger you can think of? This is bigger. What's the toughest challenge you can imagine? This is tougher. What's the greatest fear you have? You're about to find out.
"How long do you think they'll keep looking for us?" I asked Lee, as we lay there.
"Until they find us," he answered grimly.
They came in summer. They fell upon the land swiftly and suddenly. Through autumn they spread, like locusts, like mice, like a plague. Now it's winter. They're still here. But so too are Ellie and Homer and their friends. (Source: Trove)