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1992 winner y separately published work icon The House Guest Eleanor Nilsson , Ringwood : Viking , 1991 Z574410 1991 single work novel young adult A teenage boy who robs houses with a group of school friends, forms a strange attachment to an old house and a dog, and unwittingly solves the mystery of a missing boy.
1991 winner y separately published work icon Strange Objects Gary Crew , Port Melbourne : Heinemann , 1990 Z349485 1990 single work novel young adult mystery (taught in 3 units)

A sixteen-year-old Western Australian boy mysteriously disappears after he discovers valuable relics in the remains of a seventeen-century shipwreck.

1990 winner y separately published work icon Onion Tears Diana Kidd , Sydney : Collins Anne Ingram Books , 1989 Z832570 1989 single work children's fiction children's Nam-Huong is a young Vietnamese refugee trying to come to terms with her new life in Australia without her family. She cries a lot of onion tears but eventually learns to smile inside and laugh so her tears fall like drops of dew.
1989 winner y separately published work icon The Lake at the End of the World Caroline Macdonald , Auckland : Hodder and Stoughton , 1988 Z54958 1988 single work novel young adult science fiction

The year is 2025. Hector leaves his underground community which has been isolated for over half a century. Above ground he meets Diana. She lives a very different life beside a mystical lake, with her mother and crippled father. Suspicious of each other's versions of history, it is only when they are forced to visit the place of Hector's birth that their dependence on each other becomes clear.

1988 winner y separately published work icon So Much to Tell You John Marsden , Glebe : Walter McVitty Books , 1987 Z386831 1987 single work novel young adult 'Fourteen year old Marina does not speak, and has not done so for some time. As the story starts, we do not know the reasons why, or for how long. Only that on her release from hospital she was sent to Warrington Boarding School. Soon after term begins, her English teacher gives her class the task of keeping a journal. It is through Marina's entries in this journal, that we learn some of her history. During a fight between her parents, she was accidentally scarred by some acid thrown by her father but intended for her mother. It was this event that brought on her mutism and withdrawal into herself. Gradually, Marina starts to open up, both in her journal entries and in her interactions with others, slowly, slowly, slowly recovering from her traumas, and cultivating the beginnings of new friendships.' (Source: Bookshelf)
1978 winner y separately published work icon Displaced Person Lee Harding , Melbourne : Hyland House , 1979 Z162247 1979 single work novel young adult science fiction fantasy As everything around him grows gray and insubstantial, a teenage boy wonders whether the world is going crazy or he is. Then, 'within his twilight world, the narrator encounters two guides: a delinquent girl and an old tramp reminiscent of those in Celtic folktales'. Source: 'Forms of Power in Recent Australian Science Fiction'.