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Winners

2018 winner y separately published work icon Within These Walls : My Holocaust Story Robyn Bavati , Lindfield : Scholastic Australia , 2016 9148194 2016 single work children's fiction children's historical fiction

'Whatever is coming, we'll face it together, as a family. As long as we're together, we'll be okay. For Miri and her family, life in Warsaw is full of simple joys. The smell of freshly baked challah, the pink flowers that bloom in their courtyard, the promise of summer holidays, and Fridays when everyone comes together to celebrate Shabbat. But the Nazis have a hold on Europe, and have stepped up their discrimination and attacks on Jews. How can Miri's family stay together, when the invading Nazis come to destroy them? Miri's world closes in on her, as she and her family are forced into the ghetto, where they must try to survive, against impossible odds.' (Publication summary)

2017 winner y separately published work icon The Smuggler's Curse Norman Jorgensen , Fremantle : Fremantle Press , 2016 9659246 2016 single work children's fiction children's

'Red Read’s life takes an alarming turn when his mother sells him to an infamous smuggler plying his trade off the north-west coast in the closing days of the 19th century. From terrifying encounters with cut-throat pirates to battling the forces of nature in a tropical typhoon, Red is in for the adventure of a lifetime.' (Publication summary)

2016 winner y separately published work icon Soon Morris Gleitzman , Melbourne : Penguin , 2015 8607248 2015 single work novel young adult war literature (taught in 1 units)

'I hoped the Nazis would be defeated.

And they were.

'I hoped the war would be over.

And it was.

'I hoped we would be safe.

But we aren't.

'Soon continues the incredibly moving story of Felix, a Jewish boy still struggling to survive in the wake of the liberation of Poland after the end of World War Two.' (Publication summary)

2007 winner y separately published work icon Seven Ancient Wonders Matthew Reilly , Sydney : Macmillan (Pan Macmillan Australia) , 2005 Z1211242 2005 single work novel adventure thriller With global dominance as the prize, nearly every nation on earth is involved in the race to locate the Seven Wonders of the ancient world.
2004 winner y separately published work icon Saving Francesca Melina Marchetta , Camberwell : Viking , 2003 Z1019212 2003 single work novel young adult (taught in 6 units) 'Sixteen-year-old Francesca could use her outspoken mother's help with the problems of being one of a handful of girls at a parochial school that has just turned co-ed, but her mother has suddenly become severely depressed' (Source: NLA).
2003 winner y separately published work icon Lirael : Daughter of the Clayr Garth Nix , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2001 Z816641 2001 single work novel young adult fantasy "Dark forces are abroad once more in the Old Kingdom. Lirael, solitary daughter of the Clayr, and Sameth, the reluctant Abhorsen-in-Waiting, both seek the same man who may hold the key to an ancient evil stirring in the West. But the Dead cannot be laid to rest until the strange secret linking the fate of Lirael and Sameth is revealed." (Source: Allen & Unwin)
2000 winner y separately published work icon The Night Is For Hunting John Marsden , Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 1998 Z379280 1998 single work novel young adult While trying to care for a group of abandoned young children, five Australian teenagers continue their struggle for survival and their resistance against the enemy invading their homeland. (Source: Trove)
1999 winner y separately published work icon Burning for Revenge John Marsden , South Melbourne : Macmillan , 1997 Z416123 1997 single work novel young adult 'When you're on your knees there's only one thing to do ... stand up again! Ellie and her friends have stared defeat in the face. They have felt its hot breath.They have been bashed and battered by it, brought to breaking point. Now it's time to hit back. Now it's time to come out fighting. Now they really are "Burning for Revenge!"' (Source: Trove)
1998 winner y separately published work icon The Third Day, The Frost John Marsden , Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 1995 Z543366 1995 single work novel young adult

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)

1996 winner y separately published work icon The Power of One Bryce Courtenay , Richmond : Heinemann , 1989 6159943 1989 single work novel

'For the young Peekay, it is a piece of advice that he will carry with him throughout his life.Born in a South Africa divided by racism and hatred, this one small boy will come to lead all the tribes of Africa. Through enduring friendships with Hymie and Gideon, Peekay gains the strength he needs to win out. And in a final conflict with his childhood enemy, the Judge, Peekay will fight to the death for justice. Bryce Courtenay's classic bestseller is a story of the triumph of the human spirit - a spellbinding tale for all ages.' (Publication summary)

1995 winner y separately published work icon Tomorrow, When the War Began When the War Began John Marsden , Chippendale : Pan Macmillan Australia , 1993 Z796506 1993 single work novel young adult (taught in 1 units) Seven Australian teenagers return from a camping trip in the bush to discover that their country has been invaded and they must hide to stay alive. (Source: Trove)
1995 winner y separately published work icon Tomorrow, When the War Began When the War Began John Marsden , Chippendale : Pan Macmillan Australia , 1993 Z796506 1993 single work novel young adult (taught in 1 units) Seven Australian teenagers return from a camping trip in the bush to discover that their country has been invaded and they must hide to stay alive. (Source: Trove)
1994 winner y separately published work icon Looking for Alibrandi Melina Marchetta , Camberwell : Puffin , 1992 Z88038 1992 single work novel young adult (taught in 4 units) 'Josephine Alibrandi is seventeen, illegitimate, and in her final year at a wealthy Catholic school. This is the year her father comes back into her life, the year she falls in love, the year she discovers the secrets of her family's past and the year she sets herself free.' (Source: Back Cover)
1987 winner Michelle Magorian for Back Home
1983 winner Michelle Magorian for Goodnight Mr Tom
1982 winner y separately published work icon Forbidden Paths of Thual Victor Kelleher , Harmondsworth : Kestrel , 1979 Z516877 1979 single work novel young adult

'"Quen stood quite still... As he hesitated, Ildaron's voice came crashing through the vacant spaces of his mind: Nothing must prevent your getting there, nothing. That is my command..."

'For weeks now, Quen's people have been caught within the Mollag soldiers' deadly net. And Quen alone has been chosen for a grim and desperate task - a quest into the black unknown shadows of the great forest of Thual - to seek out the Wise Ones, to consume the Mollag and rescue his people. But first he must survive the treacherous journey through the forest's forbidden paths.

'Somewhere... somewhere within Thual, the Great Keepers lie hidden. And the greatest terror of all lies before him.' (Publication summary)

1981 winner Lynne Reid Banks for Don't Hurt Laurie
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