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Winners

2019 winner y separately published work icon Jane Doe and the Cradle of All Worlds Jeremy Lachlan , Richmond : Hardie Grant Egmont , 2018 14071301 2018 single work children's fiction children's fantasy adventure

'Step inside. Don’t look back. Forward is the only way. His Dark Materials meets Mad Max in this unforgettable blockbuster adventure about the world between worlds.

'When a fierce quake strikes the remote island of Bluehaven, and her father disappears, Jane Doe is thrown headfirst into an epic quest to bring him home. 

'But this ain’t no ordinary rescue mission. Her father is lost in a place between worlds; a dangerous labyrinth of shifting rooms, infernal booby traps and secret gateways. And Jane has to find him fast, because someone else is searching for him, too. A man who knows her father’s secrets. A man who has an army. 

'With a pyromaniac named Violet and a trickster named Hickory by her side, Jane is about to discover that this adventure is even bigger on the inside than it looks...'  

Source: Publication summary.

2018 winner y separately published work icon Begin, End, Begin : A #LoveOzYA Anthology Danielle Binks (editor), Sydney South : HarperCollins , 2017 10433861 2017 anthology short story

'Bestsellers. Award-winners. Superstars. This anthology has them all. With brilliantly entertaining short stories from beloved young adult authors Amie Kaufman, Melissa Keil, Will Kostakis, Ellie Marney, Jaclyn Moriarty, Michael Pryor, Alice Pung, Gabrielle Tozer, Lili Wilkinson and Danielle Binks, this all-new collection will show the world exactly how much there is to love about Aussie YA.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2017 winner y separately published work icon The Bone Sparrow Zana Fraillon , Sydney : Hachette Australia , 2016 9459824 2016 single work children's fiction children's

'Subhi's imagination is as big as the ocean and wise as the sky, but his world is much smaller: he's spent his whole life in an immigration detention centre. The Bone Sparrow is a powerful, heartbreaking, sometimes funny and ultimately uplifting hymn to freedom and love.

'Sometimes, at night, the dirt outside turns into a beautiful ocean. As red as the sun and as deep as the sky. I lie in my bed, Queeny's feet pushing up against my cheek, and listen to the waves lapping at the tent.

'Subhi is a refugee. Born in an Australian permanent detention centre after his mother fled the violence of a distant homeland, life behind the fences is all he has ever known. But as he grows, his imagination gets bigger too, until it is bursting at the limits of his world. The Night Sea brings him gifts, the faraway whales sing to him, and the birds tell their stories.

'The most vivid story of all, however, is the one that arrives one night in the form of Jimmie, a scruffy, impatient girl who appears from the other side of the wires, and brings a notebook written by the mother she lost. Unable to read it, she relies on Subhi to unravel her own family's love songs and tragedies.

'Subhi and Jimmie might both find a way to freedom, as their tales unfold. But not until each of them has been braver than ever before.' (Publication summary)

2016 winner y separately published work icon Illuminae Jay Kristoff , Amie Kaufman , Sydney : Allen and Unwin , 2015 8195253 2015 single work novel science fiction young adult

'This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

'This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

'The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto one of the evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

'But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again!

'Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2015 winner y separately published work icon Withering-by-Sea Judith Rossell , Sydney South : HarperCollins , 2014 7465351 2014 single work children's fiction children's fantasy adventure

'High on a cliff above the gloomy coastal town of Withering-by-Sea stands the Hotel Majestic. Inside the walls of the damp, dull hotel, eleven-year-old orphan Stella Montgomery leads a miserable life with her three dreadful Aunts. But one night, Stella sees something she shouldn't have ... Something that will set in motion an adventure more terrifying and more wonderful than she could ever have hoped for ...' (publication blurb).

2014 winner y separately published work icon Even Weirder Weir Do Two : Even Weirder Anh Do , ( trans. Jules Faber )expression Lindfield : Scholastic Australia , 2014 7427324 2014 single work children's fiction children's

'Weirs back and even weirder! But its not just Weir who's weird, its his whole family. Not even their pet bird is normal! How will he keep cool with a school trip to the zoo coming up AND Bellas birthday party?! It wont be easy . . . but it will be funny!' (Publication summary)

2014 winner y separately published work icon WeirDo Weir Do Anh Do , Lindfield : Scholastic Australia , 2013 6105044 2013 single work children's fiction children's humour

" 'My parents could have given me any first name at all, like John, Kevin, Shmevin . . . ANYTHING. Instead I'm stuck with the worst name since Mrs Face called her son Bum.'

Meet Weir Do. No, that's not a typo, that's his name! Weir Do is the new kid in school. With an unforgettable name, a crazy family and some seriously weird habits, fitting in won't be easy . . . but it will be funny!" (Publisher's blurb)

2013 winner y separately published work icon The 26-Storey Treehouse Andy Griffiths , Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 2012 Z1884564 2012 single work children's fiction children's adventure 'Join Andy and Terry in their newly expanded treehouse, which now features 13 brand-new storeys, including a dodgem car rink, a skate ramp, a mud-fighting arena, an anti-gravity chamber, an ice-cream parlour with 78 flavours run by an ice-cream serving robot called Edward Scooperhands and the Maze of Doom - a maze so complicated that nobody who has gone in has ever come out again... well, not yet, anyway.' (Publisher's blurb)
2012 winner y separately published work icon The 13-Storey Treehouse Andy Griffiths , Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 2011 Z1797251 2011 single work children's fiction children's adventure 'Who wouldn't want to live in a treehouse? Especially a 13-storey treehouse that has a bowling alley, a see-through swimming pool, a tank full of sharks, a library full of comics, a secret underground laboratory, a games room, self-making beds, vines you can swing on, a vegetable vaporiser and a marshmallow machine that follows you around and automatically shoots your favourite flavoured marshmallows into your mouth whenever it discerns you're hungry.

'Two new characters - Andy and Terry - live here, make books together, and have a series of completely nutty adventures. Because: ANYTHING can happen in a 13-storey treehouse.' (From the publisher's website.)
2011 winner Conspiracy 365 Gabrielle Lord , 2009 series - author children's fiction children's crime mystery 'Callum Ormond, an otherwise ordinary kid, has been thrown into the fight of his life. He races against time and ruthless criminals, in pursuit of the truth about the mysterious death of his father and the key to a treasure and history-changing secret ... He must survive 365 days.' (Libraries Australia record)
2009 winner y separately published work icon Finnikin of the Rock Melina Marchetta , Camberwell : Viking , 2008 Z1535148 2008 single work novel young adult fantasy 'At the age of nine, Finnikin is warned by the gods that he must sacrifice a pound of flesh in order to save the royal house of his homeland, Lumatere. He stands on the rock of three wonders with his friend Prince Balthazar and the prince's cousin, Lucian, and together they mix their blood. And Lumatere is safe: but then the unspeakable! The King and Queen and their children are slaughtered in the palace. And an imposter king takes the throne. And a curse is put on Lumatere, which traps those caught inside and forces thousands of others to roam the land as exiles, dying of fever and persecution in foreign camps. But ten years later Finnikin is led to another rock to meet the young novice, Evanjalin. A girl plagued by dark dreams, who holds the key to their return to the land of light...' (Source: Book Jacket)
2008 winner y separately published work icon Erak's Ransom John Flanagan , North Sydney : Random House Australia , 2007 Z1412631 2007 single work children's fiction children's fantasy 'When Erak, the Skandian Oberjarl, is taken hostage during a raid on the desert lands to the south of the Constant Sea, only a few of his men escape, including Erak's second-in-command, Svengal. The timing couldn't be worse. Svengal arrives to tell King Duncan in the middle of Halt's wedding! The festivities will have to continue without the groom, his best man and the king as they try to work out a plan to pay for Erak's release. Halt and Will must go on the mission, but a royal presence is needed too. The Princess Cassandra - or Evanlyn, as the boys know her - persuades her father to let her go with them. Horace will provide the muscle power, and the Ranger Gilan rounds out the group to make sure that Evanlyn is well protected. In the treacherous desert lands, will violent sandstorms, warring tribes and danger at every turn keep them from reaching Erak in time?' (Publisher's Blurb)
2007 winner y separately published work icon The Arrival Shaun Tan , Shaun Tan (illustrator), South Melbourne : Lothian , 2006 Z1285263 2006 single work graphic novel children's (taught in 16 units)

"The Arrival is a migrant story told as a series of wordless images that might seem to come from a long forgotten time. A man leaves his wife and child in an impoverished town, seeking better prospects in an unknown country on the other side of a vast ocean. He eventually finds himself in a bewildering city of foreign customs, peculiar animals, curious floating objects and indecipherable languages. With nothing more than a suitcase and a handful of currency, the immigrant must find a place to live, food to eat and some kind of gainful employment. He is helped along the way by sympathetic strangers, each carrying their own unspoken history: stories of struggle and survival in a world of incomprehensible violence, upheaval and hope." (Source: Shaun Tan website)

2006 winner y separately published work icon Does My Head Look Big in This? Randa Abdel-Fattah , Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 2005 Z1208243 2005 single work novel young adult (taught in 4 units) 'Welcome to my world. I'm Amal Abdel-Hakim, a seventeen year-old Australian-Palestinian-Muslim still trying to come to grips with my various identity hyphens. It's hard enough being cool as a teenager when being one issue behind in the latest Cosmo is enough to disqualify you from the in-group. Try wearing a veil on your head and practising the bum's up position at lunchtime and you know you're in for a tough time at school. Luckily my friends support me, although they've got a few troubles of their own. Simone is blonde and gorgeous but has serious image issues and Leila's really intelligent but her parents are more interested in her getting a marriage certificate that her high school certificate! And I thought I had problems...' (Source: back cover).
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