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2012 winner y separately published work icon Taj and the Great Camel Trek Rosanne Hawke , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2011 Z1766288 2011 single work children's fiction children's 'BELTANA SOUTH AUSTRALIA 1875
Twelve-year-old Taj and his camel Mustara are about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime.
They are joining explorer Ernest Giles on his second attempt to cross the Australian Desert where wild dogs, scorpions, poisonous snakes and a constant shortage of water mean they are never far from disaster.
As if things weren't tough enough, Taj, raised in the ways of the Afghan people, is struggling to find his place in this new and exciting land.' (Publisher's blurb)
2010 winner y separately published work icon Tales from Outer Suburbia Shaun Tan , Shaun Tan (illustrator), Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2008 Z1450931 2008 selected work single work short story art work young adult (taught in 13 units)

'do you remember the water buffalo at the end of our street?

or the deep-sea diver we found near the underpass?

do you know why dogs bark in the middle of the night?

Shaun Tan, creator of The Arrival, The Lost Thing and The Red Tree, reveals the quiet mysteries of everyday life: homemade pets, dangerous weddings, stranded sea mammals, tiny exchange students and secret rooms filled with darkness and delight.'

Source: Back cover.

2008 winner y separately published work icon Don't Call Me Ishmael! Michael Gerard Bauer , Malvern : Omnibus Books , 2006 Z1258479 2006 single work novel young adult

By the time ninth grade begins, Ishmael Leseur knows it won't be long before Barry Bagsley, the class bully, says, "Ishmael? What kind of w'ussy-crap name is that?” Ishmael's perfected the art of making himself virtually invisible. But all that changes when James Scobie joins the class. Unlike Ishmael, James has no sense of fear—he claims it was removed during an operation.

Now nothing will stop James and Ishmael from taking on bullies, bugs, and Moby Dick, in the toughest, weirdest, most embarrassingly awful . . . and the best year of their lives.' (Publication summary)

2006 winner y separately published work icon It's Not All About You Calma! Barry Jonsberg , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2005 Z1216959 2005 single work novel young adult humour Calma Harrison is in love. Not just with herself, but also with the handsome checkout guy at Crazi-Cheep. So stocking shelves at the Crazi- Cheep seems like the perfect job - until that annoying customer tries to hold up the store ... And then there's the small matter of the rest of Calma's life, which is fast falling apart: her absent father turns up after five years and wants to 'talk, ' her mother is clearly living a secret second life, and her new best friend is hiding something horrible. Calma is sure she knows exactly what's going on. And clearly her direct, personal intervention is required to make things right. Except . . . if she's wrong. And then her butting in will make everything much, much worse. Am I Right or Am I Right? is a whip-smart, wise-cracking, big-hearted novel about a girl who is learning that things are not always what they seem, and how to start again when you've gotten it all so very wrong (publisher blurb).
2004 winner y separately published work icon Abyssinia Ursula Dubosarsky , Ringwood : Viking , 2003 Z1036199 2003 single work novel young adult (taught in 2 units) 'A psychological thriller, a desperately moving and ultimately uplifting tale of childhood innocence. . .

As small children, growing up at the property called Abyssinia, two sisters played with their dolls house together, side by side, always. Grace loved Mary and Mary loved Grace.

But inseparable bonds can be unexpectedly shattered. When this happens to Grace, she is plunged into a dark and mesmerising world, a world full of bells and the ringing sky, of odd little children, strange events and frighteningly bizarre grown ups.' (Publisher's blurb)
1996 winner y separately published work icon The Third Day, The Frost John Marsden , Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 1995 Z543366 1995 single work novel young adult

What's the biggest danger you can think of? This is bigger. What's the toughest challenge you can imagine? This is tougher. What's the greatest fear you have? You're about to find out.

"How long do you think they'll keep looking for us?" I asked Lee, as we lay there.

"Until they find us," he answered grimly.

They came in summer. They fell upon the land swiftly and suddenly. Through autumn they spread, like locusts, like mice, like a plague. Now it's winter. They're still here. But so too are Ellie and Homer and their friends. (Source: Trove)

1994 winner y separately published work icon Angel's Gate Gary Crew , Port Melbourne : Heinemann , 1993 Z559716 1993 single work novel young adult

'When Paddy Flannagan, a gold fossicker, is found bashed to death in the hills behind the township of Jericho, the search begins for his two wild children. But what effect will their dark secret have on those who find them?' (Publication summary)

1992 winner y separately published work icon The House Guest Eleanor Nilsson , Ringwood : Viking , 1991 Z574410 1991 single work novel young adult A teenage boy who robs houses with a group of school friends, forms a strange attachment to an old house and a dog, and unwittingly solves the mystery of a missing boy.
1990 winner y separately published work icon Beyond the Labyrinth Gillian Rubinstein , South Yarra : Hyland House , 1988 Z516239 1988 single work novel young adult science fiction

'Life is difficult enough for Brenton. He can't get on with his parents, his younger brother is overtaking him in every way and now twelve-year-old Victoria must come and live with them too.

This turbulent, powerful novel follows Brenton as he loses himself in his beloved role playing games where the fantasy dangerously shadows real life'.

Source: author's website.

1988 winner y separately published work icon Space Demons Gillian Rubinstein , Adelaide : Omnibus/Puffin , 1986 Z262453 1986 single work novel young adult science fiction

'Space Demons is a computer game with a difference - a prototype directly imported from Japan, and designed to lock four unlikely protagonists, Andrew Hayford, Elaine Taylor, Ben Challis and Mario Ferrone, in deadly combat with the sinister forces of its artificial intelligence. As the game draws them into its powerful ambit, Andrew, Elaine, Ben, and Mario must confront the darker sides of their own natures.' (Publication summary)

1986 winner y separately published work icon The Long Night Watch Ivan Southall , London : Methuen Children's Books , 1983 Z225187 1983 single work children's fiction children's

'During World War II, a sixteen-year-old patrols a deserted South Pacific island each night as he and other members of an Australian religious cult await the fiery end of the Earth and their deliverance.' (Publication summary)