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Nova Weetman Nova Weetman i(A15341 works by)
Gender: Female
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BiographyHistory

Nova Weetman has written short films, short plays and short stories. In 2005 she won the FAW Jim Hamilton Award for an unpublished novel for 'Monday Man'.

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2021 recipient Creative Victoria for writing a book on grief, lockdown, and the creative process.
2020 recipient Creative Victoria Sustaining Creative Workers Fund

($5000): ‘To write six short stories to be published online focusing on characters from her 2019 novel Sick Bay.’

2020 recipient Australia Council Grants, Awards and Fellowships 2020 Resilience Fund: Survive     $2,000 

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Elsewhere Girls Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2021 20916191 2021 single work children's fiction children's

'It’s midnight and I’m alone in the kitchen eating a cold potato scallop. Coach O'Call would say something like, ‘That’s not what I expect from a scholarship girl!’ because I have to be up for squad training in five hours and I’m not supposed to go near potato scallops, and—oh, yeah—it’s my fifth.

'Cat has recently started at a new school on a sports scholarship, and she’s feeling the pressure of early morning training sessions and the need for total commitment. Fanny loves to swim and she lives for racing, but family chores and low expectations for girls make it very hard for her to fit in even the occasional training session.

'Cat and Fanny have never met. They both live in the same Sydney suburb, but in different worlds, or at least different times: Cat in current-day Sydney, and Fanny in 1908. But one day, time slips and they swap places.

'As each girl lives the other’s life, with all the challenges and confusion it presents, she comes to appreciate and understand herself and the role of swimming in her own life.

'Narrated in alternating chapters by Cat and Fanny, Elsewhere Girls is a moving and funny story of two girls with a deep connection, one based on the Australian Olympic champion, Fanny Durack. It’s a fresh and engaging exploration of the challenges and pressures for young women growing up in the past and today.' (Publication summary)

2022 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's History Prize New South Wales History Prize Young People's History Prize
2021 finalist Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction Children's Division
2022 CBCA Book of the Year Awards Notable Book Younger Readers
y separately published work icon The Edge of Thirteen St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2021 20534252 2021 single work children's fiction children's

'Clem Timmins can't wait to see her best friends after being apart all summer holidays. But when they get back together, things have changed. Bridge is boy-crazy and acting like a different person. Ellie is wearing a bra and having a real-life romance. Clem feels left behind. When she makes friends with Tom, suddenly everyone's gossiping about whether they're going to be a couple. Clem's got no interest in having a boyfriend. Or does she?

'At school camp, Bridge crosses the line and Clem has to ask herself - can she keep growing up with her friends when they're growing apart?

'This story of fitting in and falling out perfectly captures how it feels to balance on the edge of who you are and who you want to be.' (Publication summary)

2022 shortlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Small Publishers' Children's Book of the Year
2022 CBCA Book of the Year Awards Notable Book Younger Readers
2021 shortlisted REAL Awards Fiction for Years 7-9
y separately published work icon Sick Bay St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2019 15643916 2019 single work children's fiction children's

'Two very different Grade 6 girls meet in their school sick bay. Meg is a loner. Grieving over the death of her father, and struggling with changes at home, she wears slippers to school and hides out in sick bay to avoid other kids. New girl Riley, is a Type 1 diabetic and already popular. She doesn't want to go to sick bay, but sometimes she has to if she's having a high or a low. As Meg and Riley are forced to spend more and more time together in the cramped sick bay room, they start to uncover each other's secrets and find the courage to be who they really are.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2021 winner KOALA Awards Fiction for Years 7-9
2021 winner YABBA Fiction Years 7-9
2020 longlisted Booksellers Choice Award Children's Book of the Year
2020 shortlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Small Publishers' Children's Book of the Year
2020 CBCA Book of the Year Awards Notable Book Younger Readers
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