'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/)
'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)
'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)
'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)
'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)
'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)
'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.
'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)
'Shah is the story of a love affair between a young teenage girl and a beautiful but emotionally damaged horse.' (Publication summary)
'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)
'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)
'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)
'Surely Selby’s secret won’t be revealed just because he decided to try surfing!!' (Publication summary)
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.
'A collection of eight quirky, bizarre, and very funny short stories.'
'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.
'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).