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History

'The Hoffman Award is presented to the highest ranked Australian author in the Younger Readers or Picture Book category.

'During the period of 1998-2000 it was awarded to the highest ranked West Australian author.' (Source: http://wayrba.org.au/past-winners/hoffman-award-winners/)

Winners

2018 winner y separately published work icon Chip Kylie Howarth , Kylie Howarth (illustrator), Scoresby : Five Mile Press , 2016 9229259 2016 single work picture book children's

'Chip, like most other gulls, is wild about chips. He likes fat chips, skinny chips, sandy or crunchy or soggy chips. But, most of all, he loves Joe’s chips from Joe’s Chip Van beside the sea.

'Chip, like most other gulls, can be a little intrusive on his search for chips. So, one day, Joe erects a sign near his van warning people not to feed the seagulls. Chip is devastated, so he plans a way to get back into Joe’s good books, thus gaining access once more to his favourite food.

'Will Chip succeed, or has he gone too far this time? ' (Publication summary)

2016 winner y separately published work icon A is For Australia Frane Lessac , Frane Lessac (illustrator), Newtown : Walker Books Australia , 2014 7160884 2014 single work picture book children's

'What is the Fremantle Doctor? Where is Qui Qui? And why are some islands named after days of the week? You'll uncover these exciting facts when you explore the A to Z of Australia - from Bondi to Kakadu and all the way to Taronga Zoo. Discover why Australia is one of the most amazing countries in the world! ... Includes high interest facts and full colour illustrations of diverse locations throughout the country. All states represented. Indigenous content included.' (Publisher's abstract)

2015 winner y separately published work icon The Last Viking Returns Norman Jorgensen , James Foley (illustrator), Fremantle : Fremantle Press , 2014 7664777 2014 single work picture book children's

'Josh is as brave as a Viking warrior. And not much can scare a Viking. But when the two littlest Vikings go berserk, Josh, Grandpa and Viking World are all in for a rocky ride.' (Publication summary)

2012 winner y separately published work icon The Last Viking Norman Jorgensen , James Foley (illustrator), North Fremantle : Fremantle Press , 2011 Z1792385 2011 single work picture book children's 'Let the pillaging begin! CBC Picture Book of the Year winner, Norman Jorgensen, teams up with illustrator James Foley on this fun picture book about a boy who outwits local bullies by channelling his inner Viking.' (From the publisher's website.)
2011 winner y separately published work icon Ned Kelly and the Green Sash Mark Greenwood , Frane Lessac (illustrator), Newtown : Walker Books Australia , 2010 Z1700781 2010 single work picture book children's

'A narrative non-fiction picture book about the life of Ned Kelly and the Kelly Gang, Australia's most infamous bushrangers. Backed by detailed research, the story focuses on Ned as a young man and the little known story of the green sash. The text also includes brief biographies and fact files on the Kelly Gang, the true story behind the green sash and a detailed list of sources.'

Source: Walker Books Australia, website, www.walkerbooks.com.au (sighted 21/06/2010)

2010 winner y separately published work icon Pearl Verses the World Sally Murphy , Newtown : Walker Books Australia , 2009 Z1607159 2009 single work children's fiction children's (taught in 2 units)

'A moving illustrated verse novel about a girl dealing with isolation at school, and with her grandma’s illness at home.

'At school, Pearl feels as though she is in a group of one. Her teacher wants her to write poems that rhyme but Pearl’s poems don’t. At home, however, Pearl feels safe and loved, but her grandmother is slowly fading, and so are Mum and Pearl. When her grandmother eventually passes away, Pearl wants life to go back to the way it was and refuses to talk at the funeral. But she finds the courage to deliver a poem for her grandmother that defies her teacher’s idea of poetry – her poem doesn’t rhyme; it comes from the heart.' (Publication summary)

2009 winner y separately published work icon Jack's Island Norman Jorgensen , North Fremantle : Fremantle Press , 2008 Z1500312 2008 single work novel young adult 'Living on Rottnest during WWII, Jack and his best friend Banjo have the run of the island and a remarkable knack for getting into trouble. Dafty, a simple but loveable young boy, is their constant companion. But when Dafty seeks revenge against the local schoolmaster for a punishment inflicted on Banjo, life becomes suddenly more serious.'--Provided by publisher.
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.

2007 winner y separately published work icon Nathan Nuttboard : Family Matters Anthony Eaton , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2006 Z1288201 2006 single work children's fiction children's humour

'Nathan, Gnarly and the Nuttboard family are back again in a sequel to Eaton's popular Nathan Nuttboard: Hits the Beach. Narelle as difficult as ever; Dad still technologically challenged; Mum her usual assertive self; little sister Nadine intrusive and Nathan and friend Gnarly continuing their happy-go-lucky sure to miss-fire antics. What IS new is the arrival of a little known grandfather from Scotland, Fergus McCraigh.

'Self-centred, overbearing, canny, rude, Fergus makes life miserable for all the members of the family. Narelle, the only one of the children to remember a visit to Scotland where she was accused of spoiling Fergus's sporran, already dislikes the man before he dobs her into her parents for being at a pub instead of studying; Nathan is forced to give up his bedroom for Fergus and to share Nadine's together with her thousands of stuffed toy animals. Neither is too happy with the situation. Mum has a history of not getting on with her father, and Dad, well Fergus never forgave him for marrying his daughter and taking her off to Australia.' (Publication summary)

2006 winner y separately published work icon Shah Liliana Stafford , Crawley : Cygnet Books , 2004 Z1134576 2004 single work children's fiction children's

'Shah is the story of a love affair between a young teenage girl and a beautiful but emotionally damaged horse.' (Publication summary)

2005 winner y separately published work icon Babies Bite : More Real Facts of Life Geoff Havel , Fremantle : Fremantle Press , 2004 Z1177651 2004 single work children's fiction children's humour

'Max is back, with more crucial facts of life that every kid should know … Like, you can be extra nice for a while, but then you get tired of it. And, even if you feel fine, you get mad if someone keeps telling you that you’re angry. And, parents have no idea how embarrassing they can be. Now, Max has to learn some facts about where babies come from — but that’s only half the story. In the meantime, here’s a helpful hint: if you’re caught red-handed, blame the person who caught you!' (Publication summary)

2004 winner y separately published work icon Secrets in the Tingle Forest Louise Schofield , Fremantle : Fremantle Press , 2003 Z1039578 2003 single work children's fiction children's

'It is a year exactly since Sharni's father died in a horrific forestry incident and she is still in mourning. Sharni blames her mother for his death; she divorced him and changed their lives forever. Sharni ventures into the secret place he took her on his last day alive and discovers a multitude of secrets and dangers.' (Publication summary)

2003 winner y separately published work icon Chiko : Through the Starting Flags Liliana Stafford , Nedlands : UWA Publishing , 2001 Z893573 2001 single work children's fiction children's

'Penny Yarrick has a new showjumper-a fiesty Welsh mountain pony named Chiko.

'At first he's almost too much for her, but they share one love: jumping. Together they form a partnership that takes them to the Royal Show, and along the way a deep love develops between the girl and her pony. A book for anyone who has a horse or pony, or has dreamed of owning one of their own.' (Publication summary)

2002 winner y separately published work icon Whacko! David Caddy , Fremantle : Fremantle Press , 2001 Z922110 2001 single work children's fiction children's humour
2001 winner y separately published work icon Selby Surfs Duncan Ball , Pymble : Angus and Robertson , 1999 Z958156 1999 single work children's fiction children's

'Surely Selby’s secret won’t be revealed just because he decided to try surfing!!' (Publication summary)

2000 winner y separately published work icon Surf's Up Diana Chase , Fremantle : Fremantle Press , 1999 Z841632 1999 single work children's fiction children's Matt and Brad, two outsiders, team up in this Margaret River surfing classic.
1999 winner y separately published work icon Blueback Tim Winton , Sydney : Pan , 1997 Z935140 1997 single work children's fiction children's 'Abel Jackson loves to dive. He's a natural in the water. He can't remember a time when he couldn't use a mask and snorkel to glide down into the clear deep. Life is tough out at Longboat Bay. Every day the boy helps his mother earn their living from the sea and the land. It's hard work but Abel has the bush and the sky and the bay to himself. Until the day he meets Blueback, the fish that changes his life. An ecological novel on a boy who protects a fish from property developers and rapacious fishermen. The boy befriends the fish, a blue grouper while diving for abalone, his family's trade. Blueback is about people learning from nature.' (Source: Trove)
1999 winner y separately published work icon Guitar Highway Rose Brigid Lowry , St Leonards : Allen and Unwin , 1997 Z554373 1997 single work novel young adult 'Rosie is restless. She wants a nose-ring and even more she wants to do something, be someone, be someone else. Asher, the new boy in her class, befriends her. He has dreadlocks, a guitar and a bad case of the gypsy blues. Will Rosie's life liven up?' Source: Libraries Australia (Sighted 09/01/2008).
1998 winner y separately published work icon Blueback Tim Winton , Sydney : Pan , 1997 Z935140 1997 single work children's fiction children's 'Abel Jackson loves to dive. He's a natural in the water. He can't remember a time when he couldn't use a mask and snorkel to glide down into the clear deep. Life is tough out at Longboat Bay. Every day the boy helps his mother earn their living from the sea and the land. It's hard work but Abel has the bush and the sky and the bay to himself. Until the day he meets Blueback, the fish that changes his life. An ecological novel on a boy who protects a fish from property developers and rapacious fishermen. The boy befriends the fish, a blue grouper while diving for abalone, his family's trade. Blueback is about people learning from nature.' (Source: Trove)
1998 winner y separately published work icon Lockie Leonard, Legend Tim Winton , Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 1997 Z234921 1997 single work novel young adult humour Lockie, who is about to turn fourteen, lives in a small coastal town in West Australia. He has just survived the worst year on record: his first year of high school, a new town, his first mad love affair - it's all behind him. But the world of weirdness hasn't finished with him yet. His family is in a shambles and then an old flame comes scorching back into his life. (Source: Trove)
1997 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.)
1997 winner y separately published work icon Someone Like Me Elaine Forrestal , Victoria : Puffin , 1996 Z833944 1996 single work children's fiction children's adventure (taught in 1 units)

It's just another year of getting into strife at school and mucking around with his dog at home for Tas - until he meets Enya the new girl at his school. She is different from the others - cool and calm. She becomes a special friend to Tas. But the violence that Enya thought she had left behind in Northern Ireland catches up with her, and this in turn has a devastating effect on Tas. His life will never be the same again.

(Source: Trove)

1996 winner y separately published work icon Where the Whales Sing Victor Kelleher , Vivienne Goodman (illustrator), Ringwood : Viking , 1994 Z511704 1994 single work picture book children's "When Claire is stranded on the boat after her father is thrown overboard in a storm, she spends days and nights alone, her only solace being the whales that seem strangely to accompany and protect her." (Source: Trove)
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;

'A collection of eight quirky, bizarre, and very funny short stories.'

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 y separately published work icon Gumboots and Other Risks Gillian Barnett , Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1989 Z832552 1989 single work children's fiction children's Kate is horrified when her parents decide to move to the country. However country living brings many surprises. (Source: Trove)
1993 winner y separately published work icon The Ghost and the Gory Story Duncan Ball , North Ryde : Angus and Robertson , 1987 Z831772 1987 single work children's fiction children's

'Inside the house where Arnold Taylor has lived for 65 years — 61 alive and 4 dead — it's business as usual. Tenants are fleeing into the night just as quickly as the old ghost can scare them out! And then Kit Corwin comes to town. Little does he realise that his fledgling talent as a horror writer is about to take on a blood-chilling new meaning...'

Source: Author's blurb.

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 The Paw Thing Paul Jennings , Ringwood : Puffin , 1989 Z832414 1989 single work children's fiction children's

'Oh yuck. The mice were running up my trousers. They wriggled under my shirt. They were even inside my underpants.

'Mice, madness and mayhem' (Source: publisher's website).

1986 winner y separately published work icon Hating Alison Ashley Robin Klein , Ringwood : Puffin , 1984 Z262253 1984 single work novel young adult (taught in 3 units) Classmates Erica Yurgen and Alison Ashley vie with each other to become the undisputed star of their class.
1982 winner y separately published work icon The Cockroach That Wrote a Symphony Trevor Todd , Sydney : Methuen Australia , 1979 Z836107 1979 single work children's fiction children's humour Stella Lees and Pam McIntyre's The Oxford Companion to Australian Children's Literature (1993): 417 comments: '...Cockroach is Benjy's pet. He writes beautiful music, but his career is cut short by a zealous cleaning lady, although his music is preserved through the efforts of the conductor, Sir Peregrine Ample.'
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