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History

'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/ )

Winners

2014 winner Anthony Horowitz for Eagle Strike (Graphic Novel)
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)

2007 winner y separately published work icon Destroying Avalon Kate McCaffrey , Fremantle : Fremantle Press , 2006 Z1317087 2006 single work novel young adult (taught in 1 units) 'When Avalon moves to the city her life is turned upside down. Starting at a new high school, she finds herself at the centre of a brutal cyber-bullying campaign. She is inundated with obscene text messages, and subject to increasingly vicious web site postings, as things spiral out of control. Miserable and isolated, Avalon relies on a small group of new friends. But as the threats escalate, is anyone safe?' - back cover
2006 winner y separately published work icon Hover Car Racer Matthew Reilly , Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 2004 Z1116861 2004 single work children's fiction children's

'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)

2005 winner y separately published work icon Scarecrow Matthew Reilly , Sydney : Macmillan , 2003 Z1070440 2003 single work novel thriller

'FIFTEEN NAMES

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.

'ONE HERO

Among the names on the target list, one stands

out. An enigmatic Marine named Shane Schofield,

call-sign: Scarecrow.


'NO LIMITS

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

only Schofield.


'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)

2002 winner y separately published work icon Juice Katy Watson , Fremantle : Fremantle Press , 2000 Z27857 2000 single work novel young adult

'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)

2001 winner y separately published work icon The Other Side of Dawn John Marsden , Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 1999 Z531693 1999 single work novel young adult Ellie and her friends, five Australian teenagers who survived the enemy invasion of their country, use guerrilla tactics to support a major counterattack by New Zealand troops. (Source: Trove)
2000 winner y separately published work icon Sink or Swim Ron Bunney , Fremantle : Fremantle Press , 1999 Z161865 1999 single work novel young adult
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 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 Queen Kat, Carmel and St Jude Get a Life Maureen McCarthy , Ringwood : Puffin , 1995 Z567003 1995 single work novel young adult This is a wonderfully passionate & absorbing novel exploring the lives of three very different girls in their first year out of school, who share an inner city house. All three girls come from the same small country town. Katrina, privileged, beautiful, & sophisticated, is the daughter of a wealthy medical family; Carmel, from a struggling farming family is overweight & inhibited, but has a gift for music, & Jude, a medical student, is the daughter of a Chilean doctor who was murdered when she was two. -- from Trove record
1996 winner y separately published work icon The Power of One Bryce Courtenay , Richmond : Heinemann , 1989 6159943 1989 single work novel

'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)

1995 winner y separately published work icon Tomorrow, When the War Began When the War Began John Marsden , Chippendale : Pan Macmillan Australia , 1993 Z796506 1993 single work novel young adult (taught in 1 units) Seven Australian teenagers return from a camping trip in the bush to discover that their country has been invaded and they must hide to stay alive. (Source: Trove)
1994 winner y separately published work icon Looking for Alibrandi Melina Marchetta , Camberwell : Puffin , 1992 Z88038 1992 single work novel young adult (taught in 4 units) 'Josephine Alibrandi is seventeen, illegitimate, and in her final year at a wealthy Catholic school. This is the year her father comes back into her life, the year she falls in love, the year she discovers the secrets of her family's past and the year she sets herself free.' (Source: Back Cover)
1993 winner y separately published work icon Del-Del Victor Kelleher , Milsons Point : Random House , 1991 Z256404 1991 single work novel young adult

'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.

1992 winner y separately published work icon Brother Night Victor Kelleher , London : Julia MacRae Books , 1990 Z232958 1990 single work novel fantasy young adult

'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.

1991 winner y separately published work icon Lockie Leonard, Human Torpedo Tim Winton , South Yarra : McPhee Gribble , 1990 Z362664 1990 single work novel young adult humour (taught in 6 units)

'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)

1990 winner y separately published work icon Jodie's Journey Colin Thiele , Glebe : Walter McVitty Books , 1988 Z34926 1988 single work novel young adult 'Twelve-year-old Jodie, disabled by juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and no longer able to ride her beloved horse Monarch, faces a crisis when the two of them are alone at her remote Australia home and a devastating fire approaches'. (Source: Trove.)
1989 winner y separately published work icon Unreal! : Eight Surprising Stories Paul Jennings , Ringwood : Penguin , 1985 Z668486 1985 selected work children's fiction children's humour (taught in 3 units)
— Appears in: Absolut unheimlich! 2006;
A ghost that haunts the outside dunny, a mix of manure that makes hair fall out, two musical ghosts who try to save a lighthouse - these are spooky stories with a surprise ending every time. (Source: Trove)
1986 winner y separately published work icon People Might Hear You Robin Klein , Ringwood : Puffin , 1983 Z830537 1983 single work children's fiction children's When her aunt marries the forbidding Mr. Tyrell, Frances is introduced to the strange beliefs of the temple. She tries to be a 'worthy' member but as she uncovers the temple's secrets she realises she has to escape.
1985 winner y separately published work icon When We Ran Keith Leopold , Adelaide : Rigby , 1981 Z836233 1981 single work novel young adult
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