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Latest Winners / Recipients

Year: 2022

winner y separately published work icon Bailey Finch Takes a Stand Ingrid Laguna , Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2021 21556493 2021 single work children's fiction children's

'Bailey’s mum had always said that being by the creek with Bailey and her dad was as good as it gets. She had shown Bailey sap glistening on tree trunks. They had crouched together to nudge a beetle onto a leaf. They had sat on the creek’s edge with their bare feet in the water.

'It’s one year since Bailey’s mum died. And her dad doesn’t seem to care much about anything. But Bailey still spends afternoons by the creek with her dog, Sheba.

'Until Sheba gets sick—very sick—from something she must have swallowed while swimming in the creek. And Bailey notices all the rubbish polluting the waterway.

'Between visits to Sheba in the vet hospital, Bailey tries to find a way to make the creek safe for Sheba and other animals. And through her unexpected friendship with Israel, a quiet boy who knows about endangered species, Bailey Finch finds the courage to take a stand.

'Bailey Finch Takes a Stand is a moving story about love and loss, about caring for the environment and standing up to make change happen.' (Publication summary)

Year: 2021

winner y separately published work icon The Power of Positive Pranking Nat Amoore , Melbourne : Puffin , 2020 19544652 2020 single work children's fiction children's

'Green Peas is our name and pranking's our game!

'A symphony of alarm clocks at assembly? Yep, that was us. A plague of fluffy guinea pigs? It's next on our agenda.

'But for me, Cookie and Zeke, it's about more than just fun. We're determined to make a difference. And when the adults won't listen, us kids will find a way to be heard - as long as we can stay out of detention!

'No activist is too small, no prank too big... and things are about to get personal.' (Publication summary)

Year: 2020

winner y separately published work icon Ocean's Revenge Gavin Aung Than , Melbourne : Puffin , 2019 15918877 2019 single work children's fiction children's fantasy

'The Mother of the Seas is sick of humans using the oceans as a junkyard, so she decides to give the land dwellers a taste of their own medicine. Prepare for an unbelievable underwater menace that threatens to destroy the entire world!'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

Year: 2019

winner y separately published work icon The Stormy Protest Maxi the Lifeguard : The Stormy Protest Trent Maxwell , David Lawrence , South Melbourne : Affirm Press , 2018 14733889 2018 single work children's fiction children's

'When Maxi and his friends discover that someone has been dumping rubbish into the ocean near Bondi, they are furious. Who would do such a thing, and why won’t anyone take them seriously when they report it? Luckily, Maxi has a plan – but exposing the polluter will hurt someone he cares about. Can Maxi find a way out of this messy situation?'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

Year: 2018

winner y separately published work icon Wombat Warriors Samantha Wheeler , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2017 11016349 2017 single work children's fiction children's

'Mouse by name, mouse by nature.

'Mouse is not prepared for her last-minute stay at Aunt Evie’s. How will she cope at a new school without her parents around?

'But before Mouse has even unpacked her suitcase, she makes a new friend – a wombat called Miss Pearl!

'Suddenly, being in a strange cottage doesn’t seem so bad, especially when she can snuggle up with a wombat.

'Mouse soon learns that not everyone in the area loves wombats, including Aunt Evie’s landlord, a sheep farmer who destroys them on sight.

'Can Mouse find her voice in time to keep her furry friends safe? ' (Publication summary)

Works About this Award

Guided Tour i "Here is the burrow where truth", Andrew Taylor , 2004 single work poetry
— Appears in: Collected Poems 2004; (p. 659)