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Winners

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.

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.

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)

2017 winner y separately published work icon Rainforest Camp Rebecca Johnson , Melbourne : Penguin , 2016 9153523 2016 single work children's fiction children's

'Hi! I'm Juliet. I'm ten years old. And I'm nearly a vet!

'We're off on a school camp to the rainforest. Chelsea, Maisy and I are excited about all the different animals we might spot on our nature walks and torchlight treks. Chelsea is NOT excited about the creepy crawlies we might find, but I know that vets have to be brave.

'I've brought my vet kit along just in case we find any rainforest animals in need of help...' (Publication summary)

2016 winner y separately published work icon The River and the Book Alison Croggon , Newtown : Walker Books Australia , 2015 8300345 2015 single work novel young adult fable

'From the internationally bestselling author of The Books of Pellinor comes a powerful story about the exploitation of indigenous people by the First World. In Simbala's village they have two treasures: the River, which is their road and their god; and the Book, which is their history, their oracle and their soul. Simbala is a Keeper of the Book, the latest in a long line of women who can use it to find answers to the villagers' questions. As developers begin to poison the River on which the villagers rely, the Book predicts change. But this does not come in the form that they expect; it is the sympathetic Westerner that comes to the village who inflicts the greatest damage of all.' (Publication summary)

2015 winner y separately published work icon Rescue on Nim's Island Wendy Orr , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2014 7543052 2014 single work children's fiction children's

'Nim lives on an island with her father, Jack, a marine iguana called Fred, a sea lion called Selkie, and their friend Alex Rover, the adventure writer. Nim's island is the most beautiful place in the world, and she wouldn't swap live anywhere else.

'When Jack invites a group of scientists to visit, they bring their children as well. But two of the scientists have plans other than studying algae... By the time Nim discovers what they really want, and what they will do to get it, the children are in grave danger. And so is the island! Nim must choose between saving a natural treasure and saving someone's life.' (Publication summary)

2006 winner (Older Readers) y separately published work icon Hope Bay Nicole Plüss , Camberwell : Penguin , 2005 Z1190998 2005 single work novel young adult

'Every evening Possum waits with Olga in the calm water of Hope Bay for the dolphins to surge from the deep. They only ever come for the old woman and no one knows why, though Possum is sure it is magic. But there is more to Olga than just magic... there are secrets. Secrets that drove Olga far away from her homeland to the precious, pristine wilderness of Hope Bay. Secrets that she will never speak of, not even to Possum.' (Source: back cover)

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