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Young Adult (2016-)
Subcategory of Indie Awards
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Prior to 2016, the award offered a single 'Children's and YA' category.

Latest Winners / Recipients

Year: 2022

winner y separately published work icon The Monster of Her Age Danielle Binks , Sydney : Lothian , 2021 21846042 2021 single work novel young adult

'How do you ruin someone's childhood?

'Ellie Marsden was born into the legendary Lovinger acting dynasty. Granddaughter of the infamous Lottie Lovinger, as a child Ellie shared the silver screen with Lottie in her one-and-only role playing the child monster in a cult horror movie. The experience left Ellie deeply traumatised and estranged from people she loved.

'Now seventeen, Ellie has returned home to Hobart for the first time in years. Lottie is dying and Ellie wants to make peace with her before it's too late.

'When a chance encounter with a young film buff leads her to a feminist horror film collective, Ellie meets Riya, a girl who she might be able to show her real self to, and last comes to understand her family's legacy.

'A story of love, loss, family and film - a stirring, insightful novel about letting go of anger and learning to forgive without forgetting. And about embracing the things that scare us, in order to be braver.' (Publication summary)

Year: 2021

winner y separately published work icon This One is Ours Kate O'Donnell , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2020 19554351 2020 single work novel young adult

'Sixteen-year-old Sofie is a dreamer, an artist and a romantic. So when she goes on exchange to Paris, she is expecting magnificent adventures of the heart and mind. Yet France isn't what she imagined. It's cold and grey, and speaking another language is exhausting. Sofie's more homesick than lovesick.

'But then her host sister, Delphine, and fellow artist Olivier show her a different side of Paris, and Sofie starts to question her ideas of art, beauty and meaning. Of everything. There's truth in what her best friend, Crow, has been saying all along — the world is in crisis and people need to take notice. And when a catastrophe strikes close to home, Sofie realises she needs to act.

'But what can one girl do? Will Sofie be able to find the courage to fight for change?

'This One is Ours is a call to action for anyone who feels helpless about the state of society, as well as an ode to all the tiny beautifuls that make our world worth saving.' (Publication summary)

Year: 2020

winner y separately published work icon The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling Wai Chim , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2019 16559611 2019 single work novel young adult

'A novel about growing up in a migrant Asian family with a mother who is suffering from mental illness, from the highly commended author of Freedom Swimmer.

'Anna Chiu has her hands pretty full looking after her brother and sister and helping out at her dad's restaurant, all while her mum stays in bed. Dad's new delivery boy, Rory, is a welcome distraction and even though she knows that things aren't right at home, she's starting to feel like she could just be a normal teen.

'But when Mum finally gets out of bed, things go from bad to worse. And as Mum's condition worsens, Anna and her family question everything they understand about themselves and each other.

'A nourishing tale about the crevices of culture, mental wellness and family, and the surprising power of a good dumpling.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

Year: 2019

winner y separately published work icon A Song Only I Can Hear Barry Jonsberg , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2018 13659130 2018 single work novel young adult

'Introducing Rob Fitzgerald: thirteen years old and determined to impress the new girl at school, but it's a difficult task for a super-shy kid who is prone to panic attacks that include vomit, and genuine terror that can last all day. An anonymous texter is sending Rob challenges and they might just help. Or not.

'Beautifully moving and full of heart and humour, A Song Only I Can Hear is a delightful novel about dreaming big, being brave and marching to the beat of your own drum.' (Source: Publisher's blurb)

Year: 2018

winner y separately published work icon Wilder Country Mark Smith , Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2017 11412947 2017 single work novel young adult

'Finn, Kas and Willow have survived the winter of storms. Severe winds and cold have kept the Wilders at bay. Now that spring has come, everything has changed. They’re being hunted again, and they won’t be safe while Ramage wants their blood.

'But Finn and Kas made a promise to Rose - to find her baby and bring her back. And finding Hope means finding Ramage…'

Source: Publisher's blurb.