Lili Wilkinson Lili Wilkinson i(A98275 works by)
Born: Established: 1981 Melbourne, Victoria, ;
Gender: Female
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Lili Wilkinson studied Creative Arts at the University of Melbourne. She has worked for the Centre for Youth Literature at the State Library of Victoria. She is the daughter of children's author Carole Wilkinson. As well as writing full time, she has also taught English in Japan and studied for a PhD.

Most Referenced Works


  • In 2007, her book Joan of Arc: The Story of Jehanne Darc (2006) was shortlisted for the New South Wales Premier's History Awards, Young People's History Prize.

Awards for Works

The Boundless Sublime 2016 single work novel young adult

'Ruby Jane Galbraith is an ordinary girl seeking peace in the wake of family tragedy. Her search leads her into a community that seems guided by love. And it's only after she's drawn into its web that she learns its sinister secrets.

'Ruby Jane Galbraith is empty. Her family has been torn apart and it's all her fault.

'The only thing that makes sense to her is Fox - a gentle new friend who is wise, soulful and clever, yet oddly naive about the ways of the world. He understands what she's going through and he offers her a chance to feel peace. Fox belongs to a group called the Institute of the Sublime - and Ruby can't stay away from him. So she is also drawn in to what she too late discovers is a terrifying secretive community that is far from the ideal world she expected.

'Can Ruby find the courage to escape? Is there any way she can save Fox too? And is there ever really an escape from the far-reaching influence of the Institute of the Sublime?

'A gripping YA novel about an ordinary girl who is unsuspectingly inducted into a secretive modern-day cult.' (Publication summary)

2018 shortlisted Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature Young Adult Fiction
2017 longlisted Davitt Award Best Young Adult Book
2017 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Ethel Turner Prize for Young People's Literature
Green Valentine 2015 single work novel young adult

'When Astrid and Hiro meet they give each other superhero names. She's Lobster Girl and he's Shopping Trolley Boy. Not an auspicious beginning. But it gets better. Then it gets worse. Much worse. Classic romantic comedy: girl-meets-boy, love blossoms, and is derailed. Incredibly engaging, upbeat, funny and smart.

'Astrid Katy Smythe is beautiful, smart and popular. She's a straight-A student and a committed environmental activist. She's basically perfect.

'Hiro is the opposite of perfect. He's slouchy, rude and resentful. Despite his brains, he doesn't see the point of school.

'But when Astrid meets Hiro at the shopping centre where he's wrangling shopping trolleys, he doesn't recognise her because she's in disguise - as a lobster. And she doesn't set him straight.

'Astrid wants to change the world, Hiro wants to survive it. But ultimately both believe that the world needs to be saved from itself. Can they find enough in common to right all the wrongs between them?

'A romantic comedy about life and love and trying to make the planet a better place, with a little heartbreak, and a whole lot of hilarity.' (Publication summary)

2017 shortlisted West Australian Young Readers' Book Award Older Readers
2016 shortlisted Inky Awards Gold Inky
2016 shortlisted Prime Minister's Literary Awards Young Adults' Fiction
2015 commended The Fellowship of Australian Writers Victoria Inc. National Literary Awards FAW Christina Stead Award
A Pocketful of Eyes 2011 single work novel young adult detective 'Bee is in her element working in the taxidermy department at the Museum of Natural History, but her summer job turns out to be full of surprises:

'A dead body in the Red Rotunda. A mysterious Museum benefactor. A large stuffed tiger in the Catacombs. A handsome boy with a fascination for unusual animal mating habits.

'And a pocketful of glass eyes.

'Can Bee sift through the clues to discover whether her mentor really committed suicide ... or is there a murderer in their midst?' (From the publisher's website.)
2012 shortlisted Davitt Award Best Young Adult Book
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