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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)

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.

2017 winner y separately published work icon Words in Deep Blue Cath Crowley , Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 2016 9927315 2016 single work novel romance young adult

'Second-hand bookshops are full of mysteries

'This is a love story.

'It's the story of Howling Books, where readers write letters to strangers, to lovers, to poets, to words.

'It's the story of Henry Jones and Rachel Sweetie. They were best friends once, before Rachel moved to the sea.

'Now, she's back, working at the bookstore, grieving for her brother Cal. She's looking for the future in the books people love, and the words that they leave behind.

'Sometimes you need the poets

'The new novel from the award-winning author of Graffiti Moon. ' (Publication summary)

2016 winner y separately published work icon Cloudwish Fiona Wood , Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 2015 8775290 2015 single work novel young adult (taught in 1 units)

'For Vân Uoc Phan, fantasies fell into two categories: nourishing, or pointless. Daydreaming about Billy Gardiner, for example? Pointless. It always left her feeling sick, as though she'd eaten too much sugar.

'Vân Uoc doesn't believe in fairies, zombies, vampires, Father Christmas - or magic wishes. She believes in keeping a low profile: real life will start when school finishes.

'But when she attracts the attention of Billy Gardiner, she finds herself in an unwelcome spotlight.

'Not even Jane Eyre can help her now.

'Wishes were not a thing.

'They were not.


'Wishes were a thing.

'Wishes that came true were sometimes a thing.

'Wishes that came true because of magic were not a thing!

'Were they?'

Source: Publisher's blurb.