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History

Formally Perth Independent Newspapers' Young Adults Award

Winners

2016 winner y separately published work icon The Protected Claire Zorn , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2014 7329687 2014 single work novel young adult (taught in 2 units)

'A compulsively readable novel from the acclaimed author of The Sky So Heavy.

'The worst thing that could happen would be for my life to go back to how it was before Katie died.

'Hannah's world has imploded, all thanks to her older sister Katie. Her mum is depressed, her dad's injured and she has to go to compulsory therapy sessions. Hannah should feel terrible but for the first time in ages, she feels a glimmer of hope and isn't afraid anymore. Is it because the elusive Josh is taking an interest in her? Or does it run deeper than that?

'In a family torn apart by guilt, one girl's struggle to come to terms with years of harassment shows how deep previous scars can run.

'The Protected is an honest and searing portrayal of loss and grief that conveys the repercussions of bullying to the modern-day teenager.' (Publication summary)

2014 winner y separately published work icon Alex as Well Alyssa Brugman , Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2013 Z1908619 2013 single work novel young adult (taught in 1 units)

'What do you do when everybody says you're someone you're not?

'Alex wants change. Massive change. More radical than you could imagine.

'Her mother is not happy, in fact she's imploding. Her dad walked out.

'Alex has turned vegetarian, ditched one school, enrolled in another, thrown out her clothes. And created a new identity. An identity that changes her world.

'And Alex—the other Alex—has a lot to say about it.

'Alex As Well is a confronting and heartfelt story of adolescent experience—of questioning identity, discovering sexuality, navigating friendships and finding a place to belong. Alex is a strong, vulnerable, confident, shy and determined character, one you will never forget.

'With the same tenderness and insight as YA stars such as John Green and David Levithan, Alyssa Brugman has crafted a knockout story about identity, sexuality and family that speaks effortlessly to a universal teen experience.' (Publisher's blurb)

2012 winner y separately published work icon Sea Hearts Margo Lanagan , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2012 Z1836289 2012 single work novel fantasy young adult (taught in 4 units)

'On remote Rollrock Island, the sea-witch Misskaella discovers she can draw a girl from the heart of a seal. So, for a price, any man might buy himself a bride; an irresistibly enchanting sea-wife. But what cost will be borne by the people of Rollrock - the men, the women, the children - once Misskaella sets her heart on doing such a thing?'

Source: Publisher's website.

2011 winner y separately published work icon Only Ever Always Penni Russon , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2011 Z1811624 2011 single work novel young adult fantasy 'Claire lives in an ordinary world where everything is whole. But inside Claire is broken. The silvery notes of her music box allow her an escape from her grief into a dream-world, into Clara's world.

Clara's world has always been broken. She finds broken things to swap at the markets; she walks the treacherous route past the brown river where lone dogs prowl; she avoids the seamy side when she can, but with powerful people pulling the strings, it's not always possible.

Which world is real?

Claire's and Clara's paths are set to collide, and each has much to lose - or gain.' (Publisher's blurb)
2010 joint winner y separately published work icon Happy as Larry Scot Gardner , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2010 Z1702469 2010 single work novel young adult

'Laurence Augustine Rainbow is born into an ordinary family, and seems set for an ordinary life. But as the world changes around him, so does the happiness of his own family.

'Unique, dark and ultimately uplifting, this is a beautiful story of one family - and one boy - trying to hold their heads above water in a world quietly gone mad.' (from the publisher's website.)

Joint winner with James Roy's Anonymity Jones.
2010 joint winner y separately published work icon Anonymity Jones James Roy , North Sydney : Woolshed Press , 2010 Z1677753 2010 single work novel young adult

'Once, in a street not very far from yours, there lived a girl called Anonymity Jones.

'Anonymity's life is falling apart. Her father has left to have a mid-life crisis, her mother's new boyfriend is a definite worry, her Europe-bound sister has changed her name (just to make a point) and all her girl friends are now girlfriends, with boyfriends.

'And then there's the art teacher.

'Anonymity is losing control, and it's decision time. Does she hang on, get out, or get even?' (From the publisher's website.)

Joint winner with Scot Gardner's Happy as Larry.
2009 winner y separately published work icon Liar Justine Larbalestier , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2009 Z1615108 2009 single work novel young adult (taught in 2 units)

'Secrets, lies, murder and betrayal.

'Micah Wilkins is a liar. But when her boyfriend, Zach, dies under brutal circumstances, the shock might be enough to set her straight. Or maybe not. Especially when lying comes as naturally to her as breathing. Was Micah dating Zach? Did they kiss? Did she see him the night he died? And is she really hiding a family secret? Where does the actual truth lie?

'Liar is a breathtaking roller-coaster read that will have you up all night, desperately seeking for something true.' (From the publisher's website.)

2008 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.

2007 winner y separately published work icon Love Is a UFO : Or Oscar Updike's Incredibly Intelligent Observations of Life, Death and Other Freaky Phenomena Ken Spillman , Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 2007 Z1352908 2007 single work novel young adult
2006 winner y separately published work icon Destroying Avalon Kate McCaffrey , Fremantle : Fremantle Press , 2006 Z1317087 2006 single work novel young adult (taught in 1 units) 'When Avalon moves to the city her life is turned upside down. Starting at a new high school, she finds herself at the centre of a brutal cyber-bullying campaign. She is inundated with obscene text messages, and subject to increasingly vicious web site postings, as things spiral out of control. Miserable and isolated, Avalon relies on a small group of new friends. But as the threats escalate, is anyone safe?' - back cover
2005 winner y separately published work icon A Prayer for Blue Delaney Kirsty Murray , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2005 Z1204761 2005 single work children's fiction children's historical fiction A Prayer for Blue Delaney follows the outback adventures of orphaned Colm, who runs away from the cruelties of Bindoon Boys' Home in Western Australia and goes in search of a family of his own. He crosses the wide outback through his travels, from the Western Australian gold fields (where he stays with an Aboriginal-Australian family) to Melbourne (where Colm is introduced to the theatre scene and the exciting Olympic Games).
(Source: Teacher's Notes, by Kirsty Murray)
2004 winner y separately published work icon Fireshadow Anthony Eaton , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2004 Z1108623 2004 single work novel young adult

'You let your sister burn.

'When Vinnie’s sister is killed, he runs away from the accusing eyes of his father to the isolation of the bush. There, he must answer a question … was it his fault?

'In 1941, German soldier Erich is sent miles away from his family after being captured and interned in an Australian prisoner-of-war camp. Despite everything he’s grown up believing, Erich must learn to co-exist with his sworn enemy and, in doing so, question his father’s expectations that have defined his existence.

'Amid the rain soaked forests of South Western Australia, these two young men’s lives collide across the years, changing them both as they struggle to escape their painful memories of fireshadow.

'Some battles are imposed on us, some fought within.' (Publisher's blurb)

2002 winner y separately published work icon Feeling the Heat Pat Lowe , Camberwell : Penguin , 2002 Z964434 2002 single work novel young adult 'Matthew follows his heart back to the remote town in the Kimberley where he spent the happiest years of his childhood. He needs to find work, and he is also looking for his past, for Frances, the girl who once meant so much to him. But things have changed more than he'd ever imagined, and then a shocking event shakes Matthew's confidence and threatens all his plans and dreams.' - back cover
2001 winner y separately published work icon Obsession Julia Lawrinson , Fremantle : Fremantle Press , 2001 Z895822 2001 single work novel young adult

'Charlie is fifteen. She's just moved to a new school and nothing is going right. She's hanging around with a girl she can't stand, her mother is a grief-stricken, wine-sodden mess, and she has no one to talk to except the pages of her diary. Everything seems hopeless. And then she meets Kate.

'Kate is sixteen, she's a singer, and she's wonderful. She's everything Charlie isn't, and she makes Charlie's life seem bearable. But when Kate announces she's leaving, Charlie is desperate. Desperate enough to do anything - anything - to get Kate to stay.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2000 winner (Dymock's Hay Street Mall Store Young Adults Award) y separately published work icon The Darkness Anthony Eaton , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2000 Z794448 2000 single work novel young adult fantasy 'In the small coastal town of Isolation Bay, a shadow hangs over the lives of Rohan Peters and his mother Eileen. Bound together by small town superstition, their lives are dominated by fear. Into this setting comes Rachel, a girl on the run from her own dark history. As Rohan and Rachel struggle to build a friendship amidst the paranoia of Isolation Bay, their pasts come crashing down on them in an event that will change both of their lives forever'. Source: author's website.
1999 winner (Dymocks Perth City Store Young Adult Award) y separately published work icon Scooterboy Glyn Parry , Sydney : Hodder Children's Books , 1999 Z48827 1999 single work novel young adult 'In the summer of her seventeenth birthday, Sam meets the scooter boy. has there ever been a guy like him - cool, sexy, mysterious? Not in Hidden Valley with its small town gossip and redneck ways. Something's happening. Something big. Will this be the year for letting go?' - back cover
1998 winner (Dymocks Perth City Store Young Adult Award) y separately published work icon Red Hugh Deborah Lisson , Port Melbourne : Lothian , 1998 Z844206 1998 single work novel historical fiction young adult adventure Historical adventure novel of the teenaged Hugh Roe O'Donnell, son of the rulers of Donegal, who in 1587 is seized by the English and imprisoned in Dublin Castle for four years before escaping to join in the struggle to rid Ireland of English rule.
1995 winner (Children's and Young Adults Book Award) y separately published work icon Radical Take-Offs Glyn Parry , St Leonards : Allen and Unwin , 1994 Z271661 1994 selected work short story young adult
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