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Winners

2016 winner y separately published work icon The 65-Storey Treehouse Andy Griffiths , Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 2015 8682364 2015 single work children's fiction children's

'Andy and Terry's amazing 65-Storey Treehouse now has a pet-grooming salon, a birthday room where it's always your birthday (even when it's not), a room full of exploding eyeballs, a lollipop shop, a quicksand pit, an ant farm, a time machine and Tree-NN: a 24-hour-a-day TV news centre keeping you up to date with all the latest treehouse news, current events and gossip. Well, what are you waiting for? Come on up!' (Publication summary)

2015 winner y separately published work icon The 52-Storey Treehouse The Fifty-Two-Storey Treehouse Andy Griffiths , Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 2014 7711206 2014 single work children's fiction children's

'Andy and Terry's incredible, ever-expanding treehouse has 13 new storeys, including a watermelon-smashing level, a wave machine, a life-size snakes and ladders game (with real ladders and real snakes), a rocket-powered carrot-launcher, a Ninja Snail Training Academy and a high-tech detective agency with all the latest high-tech detective technology, which is lucky because they have a BIG mystery to solve - where is Mr Big Nose??? ' (Publication summary)

2014 winner The 39-Storey Treehouse Andy Griffiths , Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 2013 6805277 2013 single work children's fiction children's

'Andy and Terry's amazing treehouse has 13 new levels including a chocolate waterfall, a non-erupting active volcano, an opera house, a baby-dinosaur petting zoo, Andy and Terry's Believe it or Else! museum, a not-very-merry merry-go-round, a boxing elephant called the Trunkinator, an X-Ray room, a disco with light-up dance floor, the world's scariest roller-coaster and a top secret 39th level that hasn't even been finished yet! Well, what are you waiting for? Come on up!' (Publisher's blurb)

2012 winner y separately published work icon The 13-Storey Treehouse Andy Griffiths , Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 2011 Z1797251 2011 single work children's fiction children's adventure 'Who wouldn't want to live in a treehouse? Especially a 13-storey treehouse that has a bowling alley, a see-through swimming pool, a tank full of sharks, a library full of comics, a secret underground laboratory, a games room, self-making beds, vines you can swing on, a vegetable vaporiser and a marshmallow machine that follows you around and automatically shoots your favourite flavoured marshmallows into your mouth whenever it discerns you're hungry.

'Two new characters - Andy and Terry - live here, make books together, and have a series of completely nutty adventures. Because: ANYTHING can happen in a 13-storey treehouse.' (From the publisher's website.)
2010 winner y separately published work icon Mascot Madness! Andy Griffiths , Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 2009 Z1568830 2009 single work children's fiction children's humour

'The Mascot Madness! Test:

'1. Northwest Southeast Central School have never beaten Northwest West Academy at their annual track and field challenge because A: they're better at knitting than they are at sport. B: they are losers. C: Northwest West Academy will stop at nothing to win.

'2. Mr Brainfright dresses up in a banana suit and dances around because A: he's bored. B: he goes bananas. C: he thinks it will inspire the students of Northwest Southeast Central School and lead them to victory.

'3. When Henry McThrottle attempts the triple jump, instead of a hop, step and a jump he does A: a burp, a dribble and a sneeze. B: a twirl, a spin and the splits. C: a stumble, a trip and a fall. 4. Mascot Madness is A: a new type of dance. B: when a mascot gets angry. C: a very funny book about running, jumping, throwing, winning, losing, cheating, chasing, biting and really hard squeezing.

'The answers to these questions - and many more - are contained between the covers of this very funny book about running, jumping, throwing, winning, losing, cheating, chasing, biting and really hard squeezing.' (Publisher's blurb)

2008 winner y separately published work icon The Red Dragon Andrew Lansdown , Norwood : Omnibus Books , 2006 Z1272794 2006 single work children's fiction children's

'Colyn has been forbidden to return to the otherworld of Klarin, where the dragons and the Kinroan live. But, as if in response to his longing, a dragonette comes to him from Klarin. It slips into his world and into his heart, preparing him to receive an even more astonishing visitor from the otherworld. Soon this strange and dangerous friendship leads to a final terrifying battle in the otherworld …'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2008 winner y separately published work icon On the Jellicoe Road Melina Marchetta , Camberwell : Penguin , 2006 Z1285131 2006 single work novel young adult

'Taylor Markham is not a popular choice. She is erratic, has no people skills and never turns up to meetings. Not to mention the incident when she ran off in search of her mother and only got halfway there. But she's lived at Jellicoe School most of her life and as leader of the boarders that's her greatest asset. Especially now the cadets, led by the infamous Jonah Griggs, have arrived. The territory wars between the boarders, townies and cadets are about to recommence.

'But Taylor has other things on her mind; a prayer tree, the hermit who whispered in her ear, and a vaguely familiar drawing in the local police station. Taylor wants to understand the mystery of her own past. But Hannah, the woman who found her, has suddenly disappeared, leaving nothing but an unfinished manuscript about five kids whose lives entwined twenty years ago on the Jellicoe Road ...' (Publisher's blurb)

2008 winner y separately published work icon Just Shocking! Andy Griffiths , Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 2007 Z1377034 2007 selected work children's fiction children's humour
2007 winner y separately published work icon They Came on Viking Ships Jackie French , Pymble : Angus and Robertson , 2005 Z1188378 2005 single work children's fiction children's historical fiction

'In this story we follow Hekja as she sails the high seas, discovers love and family and finally finds out where she belongs. When Hekja's village gets raided by huge Vikings and she is captured to be used as a slave for her new mistress Freydis, Hekja only has her trusty dog Riki Snarfari and her fast legs to guide her. But will it be enough to survive in enemy territory?' (Publication summary)

2006 winner y separately published work icon Garden of the Purple Dragon Carole Wilkinson , Fitzroy : Black Dog Books , 2005 Z1216449 2005 single work children's fiction children's fantasy 'This story is set in Ancient China, during the Han Dynasty. Ping thinks she is safe hiding in the shadow of the Tai Shan mountains. Here she struggles to care for Kai, the baby dragon she is responsible for. But even in her remote mountain hideout, Ping's enemies find her. It is Kai they want. Who can Ping trust? It is impossible to distinguish friend from foe. The easy road beckons. Will they find sanctuary in the Garden of the Purple Dragon? Will Ping embrace her true destiny?'The Dragonkeeper trilogy. (Source: Author's website)
2005 winner y separately published work icon Specky Magee and the Season of Champions Felice Arena , Garry Lyon , Camberwell : Puffin , 2004 Z1111016 2004 single work children's fiction children's

'Simon 'Specky' Magee and his Under 14s football team, the Booyong High Lions, return to battle out the second half of their league's season. The Lions are playing well and Specky's form is looking good – perhaps good enough to win a scholarship to a prestigious sporting school. But a knee injury sees him sidelined, and suddenly his future is filled with uncertainty. Will his team make it to the finals without him? Will he be able to play if they do? And how is he going to impress the talent scout if he can't play footy? Meanwhile, he'll have to deal with his rival and worst enemy, Screamer Johnson, and he will meet the mysterious Tiger Girl and the Great McCarthy.' (Publication summary)

2004 winner y separately published work icon Specky Magee and the Great Footy Contest Felice Arena , Garry Lyon , Camberwell : Puffin , 2003 Z1034246 2003 single work children's fiction children's

'Name: Simon 'SPECKY' Magee

'Age: 13

'Code: Australian Rules Football

'Team: Booyong High Lions, Under 14's

'Position played: Star forward. Known for his SPEC-tacular marking ability and for kicking plenty of goals.

What to expect this season: Specky comes face to face with a tough, talented player by the name of Derek 'Screamer' Johnson. He was responsible for having Specky sent off during a game last season. The two boys become bitter rivals and when a popular TV show runs a nationwide football contest, Specky is relieved when everyone except Screamer decides to enter. But why is Screamer such a bully on the field? And why is he sucking up to Specky's team-mates?

Guaranteed highlights: Incredible footy action by Specky, a surprise trip and the introduction of some terrific new friends.

Question on everyone's lips: A true champion in the making, but is Specky good enough to win the Great Footy Contest?' (Publication summary)

2003 winner y separately published work icon Selby's Stardom Duncan Ball , Pymble : Angus and Robertson , 2002 Z1241141 2002 single work children's fiction children's

'Selby has landed a major film role - Frodo, the talking dog - in a major sci-fi film. The film's producers use animation and voiceovers to give him the appearance of speaking; and, Selby is lauded and feted around town as a real talking dog. But there is a hitch - can Selby save the movie?' (Publication summary)

2002 winner y separately published work icon The Forests of Silence Emily Rodda , Lindfield : Scholastic Australia , 2000 Z820058 2000 single work children's fiction children's fantasy

'When the evil Shadow Lord plots to invade Deltora and enslave its people all that stands between him and victory is the magic Belt of Deltora which holds seven gems of great and mysterious power. When the gems are stolen it appears that Deltora is lost and the Shadow Lord will triumph. However, two unlikely companions set out on a perilous quest to find the gems and bring them back so that the rightful ruler can regain the throne. Together they enter the sinister Forests of Silence and there the mystery begins.' (Source: Back cover)

1999 winner y separately published work icon The Quicksand Pony Alison Lester , St Leonards : Allen and Unwin , 1997 Z829053 1997 single work children's fiction children's adventure Biddy has to abandon her pony Bella when she becomes trapped in quicksand, but somehow the pony escapes and Biddy's subsequent search for Bella leads her to an exciting discovery.
1998 winner y separately published work icon Lily and Me Moses Aaron , Milsons Point : Random House Australia , 1996 Z828727 1996 single work children's fiction children's ‘A storyteller receives a phone call from a nurse. They have a party planned for kids in the hospital cancer unit. The clown can’t make it. Perhaps the storyteller could take his place. The storyteller is reluctant. What sort of stories do you tell to kids with cancer? But he takes the job. He survives the performance. Later he hangs around but most of the kids aren’t interested in chatting. They are too busy stuffing themselves with food. The nurse introduces him to Lily, a nine year old girl with leukemia. They chat and Lily asks him to visit her again. The storyteller keeps returning and a friendship develops. Until… Woven into this story are many stories, jokes, riddles and puzzles – even an entire storytelling show – that the storyteller shares with Lily. This book is at times funny and often moving.’ (Source: Good Reads website)
1998 winner y separately published work icon Selby Supersnoop Duncan Ball , Pymble : Angus and Robertson , 1995 Z833252 1995 single work children's fiction children's humour 'What with crimes to solve, thieves to foil and adventures to fall headlong into, Selby′s the busiest dog detective in the world. But will a nosy video camera reveal Selby′s secret to the world?' (Source: publisher's website.)
1996 winner Dick King-Smith for The Topsy Turvy Storybook
1995 winner y separately published work icon Undone! : More Mad Endings Paul Jennings , Ringwood : Puffin , 1993 Z796883 1993 selected work children's fiction children's humour
— Appears in: Absolut unglaublich! 2003;
1994 winner y separately published work icon Unbearable! : More Bizarre Stories Paul Jennings , Ringwood : Penguin , 1990 Z667933 1990 selected work children's fiction humour children's
— Appears in: Absolut unfassbar! 1996;

— Appears in: Absolut unglaublich! 2003;
'Where can you run when you're covered in toenails? Could smelly feet really put you to sleep? Why did Gary go to school with his head in a birdcage? How do you recover your opal when a goat has swallowed it? What was Splinter's job before he was born? You'll never guess. And you'll have to wait till the last page of each story to find out.' (Source: GoodReads)
1993 winner Hunter Davies for Snotty Bumstead
1992 winner y separately published work icon Uncanny! : Even More Surprising Stories Paul Jennings , Ringwood : Puffin , 1988 Z832219 1988 selected work children's fiction children's mystery adventure
— Appears in: Absolut unheimlich! 2006;
1991 winner y separately published work icon Selby Screams Duncan Ball , North Ryde : Angus and Robertson , 1989 Z837819 1989 single work children's fiction children's humour 'Selby is still trying to keep his amazing abilities a secret so the Trifles don′t put him to work or, even worse, hand him over to scientists to be examined. But he needs to speak out - or scream out - when the Beast of Bogusville comes after him, or he finds himself dangling dangerously in mid-air, or he comes face to face with a living, breathing Egyptian mummy. Gulp, yiiikes, what′s this? The Trifles have a photo that proves Selby is no ordinary canine! His days of freedom could be numbered'. (Source: publisher's website.)
1990 winner y separately published work icon Selby Speaks Duncan Ball , North Ryde : Angus and Robertson , 1988 Z837606 1988 single work children's fiction children's humour 'Selby is still valiantly trying to keep his gift of the gab a secret. After all, if his owners, the Trifles, find out that their pet pooch can talk, they might ask him to do chores like answer the telephone or do the shopping. Worse still, they might hand him over to snoopy scientists and he'd spend the rest of his life answering stupid questions. Selby has vowed to keep his trap shut — even if it kills him! But only fast talking can save him when he's caught in a cage with Two-Tooth Tina, or is about to be dumped over a cliff, or is going to be sliced into Selby-salami by a gigantic saw blade ... Yikes!' (Source: author's website.)
1988 winner y separately published work icon Grandma Cadbury's Trucking Tales Dianne Bates , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1987 Z144175 1987 selected work short story humour

'Cadbury's grandmother is a truckie. She drives a semi-trailer called Tootsie, a 36-tonne Kenworth with bogie drive wheels. A granny like this is the best thing that ever happened to a kid.' (Publication summary)

1987 winner y separately published work icon Selby's Secret Duncan Ball , North Ryde : Angus and Robertson , 1985 Z830864 1985 single work children's fiction children's humour 'Selby′s secret is that he is the only talking dog in Australia and, perhaps, the world. With dreams of cosy fireside chats with his owners, the Trifles, Selby realises his gift could change him forever from family pooch to family servant'. (Source: publisher's website.)
1982 winner Judy Blume for Superfudge
1980 winner Judy Blume for Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
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