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History

The Children’s Peace Literature Award is made biennially by the Psychologists for Peace Interest Group South Australian State Group.

The award encourages the dissemination of information related to peaceful means of resolving conflict and promoting peace at the global, local and interpersonal level.

Authors who have published a book for children in the two years prior to each award's nomination period are eligible. Books are judged in two categories – Books for Junior Readers (up to mid-primary years) and Books for Older Readers.

Source: https://www.psychology.org.au/about/awards/childrens/ Sighted: 3/12/2013.

Winners

2019 winner y separately published work icon Missing Marvin Sue deGennaro , Sue deGennaro (illustrator), Lindfield : Scholastic Australia , 2018 14874213 2018 single work picture book children's

'Marvin loves his job. He has never missed a day of work. Sometimes his friends play jokes to pass the time. Sometimes the jokes are on Marvin.

'Then, one day, Marvin isn't where he usually is. Where is Marvin?'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2017 winner y separately published work icon Boy Phil Cummings , Shane Devries (illustrator), Lindfield : Scholastic Australia , 2017 10283177 2017 single work picture book children's fantasy

'The king's battles with the dragon were always mighty and loud... CLING CLANG CLONG! ROAR! Boy lived in a silent world and couldn't hear the fighting. But Boy could see the fear around him... and how everyone would be much happier.' (Publication summary)

2015 winner y separately published work icon One True Thing Nicole Hayes , North Sydney : Random House Australia , 2015 8235821 2015 single work novel young adult

'When is a secret not a secret? When your whole life is public.

'Most sixteen-year-olds get woken up by their parents because they're late for school, or the dog needs walking. Ordinary reasons both boring and predictable, but also, well, safe. My mum drags me out of bed with reminders that she has to fight for international peace, or solve world hunger.

'Frankie is used to being the daughter of a politician, but with her mum taking over as the Victorian Premier and an election coming up, life's been crazier than usual. Add to that a brother with asthma to keep an eye on, a best friend who's been weirdly distant lately, and the fact that Frankie's just humiliated herself in front of a hot guy – who it turns out is a budding journalist wanting to interview her about her band. Frankie has a tough decision to make. Jake seems interested in her – but is it all for show, or does he really like her?

'Then everything crumbles. Photos appear of Frankie's mum having secret meetings with a younger man – and she refuses to tell the public why.

'No one's talking but someone knows the truth. With her family falling apart around her, Frankie is determined to find out – even if it means losing Jake.' (Publication summary)

2013 joint winner y separately published work icon My Life as an Alphabet H Is for Happiness Barry Jonsberg , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2013 Z1916674 2013 single work children's fiction children's 'This isn't just about me. It's also about the other people in my life - my mother, my father, my dead sister Sky, my penpal Denille, Rich Uncle Brian, Earth-Pig Fish and Douglas Benson From Another Dimension. These are people [with the exception of Earth-Pig Fish, who is a fish] who have shaped me, made me what I am. I cannot recount my life without recounting elements of theirs. This is a big task, but I am confident I am up to it.

Introducing Candice Phee: twelve years old, hilariously honest and a little ... odd. But she has a big heart, the very best of intentions and an unwavering determination to ensure everyone is happy. So she sets about trying to 'fix' all the problems of all the people [and pets] in her life.

Laugh-out-loud funny and wonderfully touching, My Life as an Alphabet is a delightful novel about an unusual girl who goes to great lengths to bring love and laughter into the lives of everyone she cares about.' (Publisher's blurb)
2013 joint winner y separately published work icon The Ghost of Miss Annabel Spoon Aaron Blabey , Aaron Blabey (illustrator), Camberwell : Viking , 2011 Z1819082 2011 single work picture book children's

'No matter what hour, she lurked looking sour, be it midnight or mid-afternoon. Her dresses were shabby, her mood always crabby. Her name was Miss Annabel Spoon. Life is cursed for the people of the village of Twee.

'The ghost of Miss Annabel Spoon haunts their every waking hour and they've had enough! But then one day, the brave and practical young Herbert Kettle has the most extraordinary idea ...' (From the publisher's website.)

2011 winner y separately published work icon Arnie Avery Sue Walker , Newtown : Walker Books Australia , 2010 Z1700684 2010 single work children's fiction children's 'What could be worse than fighting Jacko? Being in big trouble at school? Your friends deserting you? Your family acting like a bunch of aliens? Lately, nothing’s going right for Arnie. Then one day everything changes ...' (From the publisher's website.)
2009 joint winner y separately published work icon Winter of Grace Kate Constable , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2009 Z1667044 2009 single work novel young adult 'At a peace rally, Bridie and Stella rescue a cute Christian boy. He introduces Bridie to a whole world she never knew existed. The girls' friendship has survived Stella changing schools, both girls being interested in the same boy, and so much more. But what will happen when Bridie's new interests and ideas collide with Stella's?' (From the publisher's website.) Joint winner with 'Audrey Goes to Town' by Christine Harris and Ann James.
2009 joint winner y separately published work icon Audrey Goes to Town Christine Harris , Australia : Little Hare Books , 2008 Z1546805 2008 single work children's fiction children's Audrey and her younger brother are left with a strict old lady when her father has to go off dingo hunting and and her mother is in hospital. Through the townsfolk she meets she learns about life and relationships in a rural outback town in the 1930s. Joint winner with 'Winter of Grace' by Kate Constable.
2007 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)

2005 winner y separately published work icon The King of Whatever Kirsten Murphy , Camberwell : Penguin , 2005 Z1179193 2005 single work novel young adult
2003 winner y separately published work icon Sky Legs Irini Savvides , Sydney : Sceptre , 2003 Z1004271 2003 single work novel young adult (taught in 1 units)

'Eleni moves to a village in the clouds, where the blue mountains and the sky seem to stretch forever but, surprisingly, people's minds don't. She's been hoping that she can make a new start and leave behind the sense of loss and the low self-esteem that she has been struggling with for most of her life. But this is the kind of place where she'll never fit in. And Eleni is definitely different! So when she and her friends come up against small-mindedness, they find a way to fight it and to change attitudes - beginning with their own. Eleni draws unexpected strength from her mother's determination to live triumphantly and realises that even in her bleakest moments, her life has been transformed by various kinds of magic and more than once has been touched by angels.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2001 winner y separately published work icon Touch Me James Moloney , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2000 Z403308 2000 single work novel young adult romance 'For Xavier McLachlan, rugby is life. Winning a 1st XV jersey means everything...until he meets Nuala Magee. Has there ever been a girl like her? She's feisty, she's troubled, she's dangerous. What will his mates think? Does he even care? Xavier McLachlan is in love.' - back cover (2007)
1999 winner y separately published work icon Deadly, Unna? Phillip Gwynne , Ringwood : Penguin , 1998 Z517608 1998 single work novel young adult (taught in 20 units)

'"Deadly, unna?" He was always saying that. All the Nungas did, but Dumby more than any of them. Dumby Red and Blacky don't have a lot in common. Dumby's the star of the footy team, he's got a killer smile and the knack with girls, and he's a Nunga. Blacky's a gutless wonder, needs braces, never knows what to say, and he's white. But they're friends... and it could be deadly, unna? This gutsy novel, set in a small coastal town in South Australia is a rites-of-passage story about two boys confronting the depth of racism that exists all around them.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

1997 winner y separately published work icon A Bridge to Wiseman's Cove James Moloney , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1996 Z536089 1996 single work novel young adult

'Carl Matt hasn't got much. there's just his younger brother Harley and the old red barge to Wiseman's Cove. And nothing's going to take those away from him. He's an awkward, lumpy fifteen-year-old. Not the hero type.' - back cover (2007)

1995 winner y separately published work icon Deucalion Brian Caswell , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1995 Z566701 1995 single work novel young adult science fiction Across light years of space, millions of settlers have come to the planet Deucalion to escape their past and build their future. Deucalion is a source of great wealth and a chance for a new beginning. But what does this mean for the Elokoi, who lived there first, or for the children of "Icarus", who made the journey for a very different reason? And why are people dying mysteriously?
1993 joint winner y separately published work icon The Gathering Isobelle Carmody , Camberwell : Penguin , 1993 Z436409 1993 single work novel young adult fantasy

'When Nathanial and his mother move to the quiet, safe streets of Cheshunt, he immediately senses something wrong. Violent gangs patrol the streets, feral dogs roam at night, and the oppressive stench from the abattoir lingers over the school.

'Soon Nathanial learns that his presence is no accident. As he uncovers the dark secrets of Cheshunt's past, and event spiral desperately out of control, he and his new friends must confront phantoms from their past in the battle to stop the Gathering and its terrifying creator.'

Source: Publisher's blurb (Penguin website).

1993 joint winner y separately published work icon Rose Meets Mr Wintergarten Bob Graham , Bob Graham (illustrator), Ringwood : Viking , 1992 Z837156 1992 single work picture book children's
1991 winner y separately published work icon Dodger Libby Gleeson , Victoria Park : Turton and Chambers , 1990 Z462617 1990 single work children's fiction children's
1989 winner y separately published work icon The Makers Victor Kelleher , Ringwood : Viking Kestrel Australia Council. Literature Board , 1987 Z10156 1987 single work novel young adult science fiction

'Two young warriors, Jeth and Rae, are under the control of mutant masters. Through refusing to kill each other, they are exiled from the Keep, but are able to provide hope for a new generation opposed to violence.'

Source: Blurb.

1987 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)

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