'The Avis Page Award is presented in Recognition of Outstanding Voting results.
'During the period of 1985 – 2008 it was presented to the highest ranked Australian Author in the Older Readers category.' (Source: http://wayrba.org.au/past-winners/avis-page-award-winners/ )
'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)
'Meet Jason Chaser, hover car racer. He's won himself a place at the International Race School, where racers either make it on to the Pro Circuit - or they crash and burn.
'But he's an outsider. He's younger than the other racers. His car, the Argonaut, is older. And on top of that, someone doesn't want him to succeed at the School and will do anything to stop him.
'Now Jason Chaser isn't just fighting for his place on the starting line, he's racing for his life.' (Publication summary)
There are 15 targets, the finest warriors
in the world - commandos, spies, terrorists.
And they must all be dead by 12 noon, today.
The price on their heads: almost $20 million each.
Among the names on the target list, one stands
out. An enigmatic Marine named Shane Schofield,
And so Schofield is plunged into a headlong race
around the world, pursued by a fearsome
collection of international bounty hunters -
including the 'Black Knight', a notoriously
ruthless hunter who seems intent on eliminating
'The race is on and the pace is frantic as Schofield
fights for survival, in the process unveiling a
vast international conspiracy and the terrible
reason why he cannot, under any circumstances,
be allowed to live...
'He led his men into hell in Ice Station.
He protected the President against all odds in Area 7.
This time it's different.
'Because this time SCARECROW is the target.' (Publication summary)
'Jenna Stewart–Juice–and her friends, are young athletes with dreams of success at the highest level. Juice has her sights set on gold in the Olympic one hundred meters, but rivalry, the demands of school and home, and the possibility of a new relationship threaten to get in the way. Juice learns that sometimes dreams come at a high price.' (Publication summary)
'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)
'Beth, 18, looks back on the events of the past four years, beginning with the anniversary of her sister's death from leukemia. Sam, a stoic seven-year-old genius, suddenly changes from a docile brother to an uncontrollable child he calls Del-Del (from the constellation Delphinus). Convinced that the boy is possessed by the devil, his distraught family consults an exorcist, whose work temporarily mitigates the ravings. But it is Beth who ultimately risks her life to uncover the psychological foundation of Del-Del's genesis.'
Source: Publishers Weekly.
'Ramon learns that he is the son of the Moon Witch and the Sun Lord, after which his quest for the truth leads him along a perilous and challenging path.'
Source: Google Books.
'Lockie Leonard, hot surf-rat, is in love. The human torpedo is barely settled into his new school, and already he's got a girl on his mind. And not just any girl: it has to be Vicki Streeton, the smartest, prettiest, richest girl in the class. What chance have you got when your dad's a cop, your mum's a frighteningly understanding parent, your brother wets the bed and the teachers take an instant dislike to you and then you fall in love at twelve-and-three-quarter years old? It can only mean trouble, worry, mega-embarrassment and some wild, wild times ' (Publication summary)