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Katrina Nannestad Katrina Nannestad i(A64476 works by)
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'Katrina Nannestad grew up in central-western NSW. After studying arts and education at the University of New England in Armidale, she worked as a primary school teacher.' (Source: Booktopia website)

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Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Rabbit, Soldier, Angel, Thief Sydney : ABC Books , 2021 22124116 2021 single work children's fiction children's historical fiction

'Award-winning writer Katrina Nannestad transports us to Russia and the Great Patriotic War and into the life of Sasha, a soldier at only six years old ...

'Wood splinters and Mama screams and the nearest soldier seizes her roughly by the arms. My sister pokes her bruised face out from beneath the table and shouts, 'Run, Sasha! Run!'

'So I run. I run like a rabbit.

'It's spring, 1942. The sky is blue, the air is warm and sweet with the scent of flowers.

'And then everything is gone.

'The flowers, the proud geese, the pretty wooden houses, the friendly neighbours. Only Sasha remains.

'But one small boy, alone in war-torn Russia, cannot survive.

'One small boy without a family cannot survive.

'One small boy without his home cannot survive.

'What that small boy needs is an army.' (Publication summary)

2022 shortlisted Indie Awards Children's
y separately published work icon We Are Wolves Sydney : ABC Books , 2020 19829486 2020 single work children's fiction children's historical fiction

'Sometimes it's good to be wild.

'Sometimes you have to be wild.

'When the Russian Army marches into East Prussia at the end of the war, the Wolf family must flee. Liesl, Otto and their baby sister Mia find themselves lost and alone, in a blizzard, in the middle of a war zone. Liesl has promised Mama that she will keep her brother and sister safe.

'But sometimes, to survive, you have to do bad things. Dangerous things. Wild things.

'Sometimes to survive, you must become a wolf.' (Publication summary)

2021 shortlisted Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature Award for Children's Literature
2021 winner HNSA Historical Novel Prize Children and Young Adult
2021 shortlisted Queensland Literary Awards Children's Book Award
2021 shortlisted Booksellers Choice Award Children's Book of the Year
2021 shortlisted Book Links Award for Historical Fiction
2021 shortlisted CBCA Book of the Year Awards Book of the Year: Younger Readers
2021 CBCA Book of the Year Awards Notable Book Younger Readers
2021 winner APA Book Design Awards Best Designed Children’s Fiction Book designed by Hazel Lam
2021 longlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian Book of the Year for Younger Children
y separately published work icon The Girl, the Dog and the Writer in Lucerne Sydney : ABC Books , 2019 16093277 2019 single work children's fiction children's

'At last, Freja and her mother, Clementine, are together again. Tobias and Vivi are in love. And Lucerne, their new home, is a paradise of snowy alps, sapphire lakes, white swans and delicious Swiss chocolate!

'It all seems perfect, until poor Lady P appears, bandaged from head to toe after a fall (or was it a push?). Crimes break out across the city, all involving chocolate. Clementine doesn't seem her usual self. And still Freja has not solved the biggest mystery of all - who is Tobias Appleby?

'All will be revealed in the girl, the dog and the writer's final adventure by award-winning Australian author Katrina Nannestad.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 shortlisted Davitt Award Best Children's Novel
2020 CBCA Book of the Year Awards Notable Book
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