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Nette Hilton Nette Hilton i(A9112 works by) (birth name: Margaret Lynette Hilton)
Also writes as: Anne Bruce ; Virginia Baxter ; Anne Hilton-Bruce
Born: Established: 1946 Traralgon, La Trobe Valley, Gippsland, Victoria, ;
Gender: Female
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BiographyHistory

Margaret Lynette (Nette) Hilton writes novels in the psychological thriller mode, as well as literature for children and young adults. Hilton grew up in the Victorian country town of Gippsland, before moving to Sydney at the age of eleven. Her experiences in adapting to city life and high school culture during this period have had a long-lasting influence on her writing.

Educated at Wollongong University and Southern Cross University, Hilton has worked in offices and a sheep station, and been a primary school teacher in New South Wales. As well as writing and teaching, Hilton has also been involved with the Nestlé Write-Around-Australia Competition. She has been a mentor for the finalists in this competition, and a regular visitor to schools around the country. In 1991, she was awarded a Fellowship from the Literature Board of the Australia Council.

Hilton has published in the genres of children's fiction, short stories and young adult fiction. She has also written readers for children.

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2015 recipient Creative Industries Career Fund to support a mentorship with Kathryn Heyman
2012 Literature Board Grants Grants for Established Writers $40,000 for young adult literature.

Awards for Works

Sprite Downberry 2008 single work novel young adult

'Right now, Sprite Downberry's life is pretty tough. Her dad's busy and away a lot, and her mum, Sunny, is very moody and unpredictable, so Sprite feels she can't tell her about the nasty girls at school. And Sprite is also worried about her little brother, Mozz. He can't talk properly and he's supposed to be starting school soon.

'Now Dad's taken off, and Sunny's so unhappy she won't even get out of bed. Determined to fix things, Sprite grabs Mozz and sets out to find their father.

'In a night that never seems to end, Sprite faces decision after decision. Can she trust Luther, the runaway boy who rescues her and Mozz? And what should she tell the friendly policeman who knows so much about her?

By the time Sprite is reunited with her dad, things look like they're getting out of control. Will she figure out how to get her family back together - and handle the friendship problems at school?' (From the publisher's website.)

2009 shortlisted Queensland Premier's Literary Awards Best Young Adult Book
2009 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Ethel Turner Prize for Young People's Literature
In My Backyard 2001 single work picture book children's

'Here is a playground of dazzling lights, sounds and noises, shapes and patterns, buildings that reach to the sky and the bellies of aeroplanes, almost close enough to touch. Here is a chance to stop, look and really see and hear the city that is In My Backyard.' (Good Reads)

2002 shortlisted Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Picture Book of the Year
Watch Out, William! 1998 single work children's fiction children's

'William can ride his new BMX bike, but he's still a bit wobbly. When he's riding home from school one day, he starts to go downhill fast! Watch out, William!' (Publication summary)

1999 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Notable Book
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