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Davina Bell Davina Bell i(A112686 works by)
Born: Established: Perth, Western Australia, ;
Gender: Female
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BiographyHistory

Davina Bell completed a law degree in Western Australia before moving to Melbourne to undertake the Professional Writing and Editing course at RMIT University. In Melbourne, she co-founded the literary quarterly Harvest. In 2007, Bell began work as an editorial assistant at Pearson Education; she later moved to Penguin as a children's book editor. In 2020, she was appointed to the children and young-adult division of Allen & Unwin.

The author of a number of well-received children's and picture books, in 2018, she was shortlisted for the Text Prize for a manuscript about the end of the world.

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2020 recipient Australia Council Grants, Awards and Fellowships Individuals and groups ($15,000)
2018 shortlisted Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing

For 'The End of the World is Bigger Than Love'

2016 recipient Australia Council Grants, Awards and Fellowships Australia Council Literature Board Grants Literature Arts Projects For Individuals and Groups $20,720.00

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon The End of the World Is Bigger Than Love Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2020 17949370 2020 single work novel young adult

'IDENTICAL twin sisters Summer and Winter live alone on a remote island, sheltered from a destroyed world. They survive on rations stockpiled by their father and spend their days deep in their mother’s collection of classic literature—until a mysterious stranger upends their carefully constructed reality.

'At first, Edward is a welcome distraction. But who is he really, and why has he come? As love blooms and the world stops spinning, the secrets of the girls’ past begin to unravel and escape is the only option.

'A sumptuously written novel of love and grief; of sisterly affection and the ultimate sacrifice; of technological progress and climate catastrophe; of an enigmatic bear and a talking whale—The End of the World Is Bigger than Love is unlike anything you’ve read before.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2021 longlisted Davitt Award Best Young Adult Book
2021 shortlisted The Readings Young Adult Book Prize
2021 shortlisted CBCA Book of the Year Awards Book of the Year: Older Readers
2021 winner New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Ethel Turner Prize for Young People's Literature
2021 CBCA Book of the Year Awards Notable Book Older Readers
2021 shortlisted APA Book Design Awards Best Designed Young Adult Book designed by Imogen Stubbs
2021 longlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian Book of the Year for Older Children
2021 highly commended Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Prize for Young Adult Fiction
y separately published work icon All of the Factors of Why I Love Tractors Richmond : Little Hare Books , 2019 16851214 2019 single work picture book children's

'When Frankie McGee insists on borrowing yet another book about tractors, his mum crumbles. She begs him to read a book about something else – cars, planes, cranes, trains – anything! Frankie launches into all of the various, glorious factors that make up the love that he has for all tractors – but will he be able to bring his mum around?'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 shortlisted Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards Three to 5 Years
2020 shortlisted Booksellers Choice Award Children's Book of the Year
2020 shortlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Children's Picture Book of the Year
y separately published work icon All the Ways To Be Smart Melbourne : Scribble , 2018 14571374 2018 single work picture book children's

'Smart is not just ticks and crosses,
smart is building boats from boxes.
Painting patterns, wheeling wagons,
being mermaids, riding dragons …'

‘Every page of this book in joyous, imaginative and life-affirming … All the Ways to be Smart is a celebration of what childhood can be, and it will likely become a classic.’

Source: Publisher's blurb. 

2019 joint winner APA Book Design Awards Best Designed Children's Illustrated Book
2019 winner Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Children's Picture Book of the Year
2019 CBCA Book of the Year Awards Notable Book
2019 shortlisted Indie Awards Children's
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