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In 2016 the name of this award was changed from Junior Fiction to 'Children'.

In 2018 this award contained the subtitle "Hilarie Lindsay Children's Book Award".

Latest Winners / Recipients

Year: 2018

winner y separately published work icon Lizzie and Margaret Rose Pamela Rushby , Parkside : Omnibus Books , 2016 9174494 2016 single work children's fiction children's

'London, 1940. Bombs are falling and 10-year-old Margaret Rose survives a deadly raid, but her family home is destroyed. In faraway Townsville in Queensland, her aunt is ready to take her in, although her 11-year-old cousin Lizzie is not so sure. But first there is a long and dangerous voyage to a strange country, also at war. Margaret Rose knows it's not going to be easy, and Lizzie is not about to make it any easier.' (Publication summary)

Hilarie Lindsay Children's Book Award

Year: 2009

winner y separately published work icon Georgiana : Woman of Flowers Libby Hathorn , Sydney : Hachette Livre Australia , 2008 Z1498314 2008 single work novel historical fiction young adult

'Based on the real life events of Australian botanist, Georgiana Molloy. At 23, Georgiana has married retired military man, Captain Jack Molloy and undertakes the voyage to Australia. Threaded throughout is the story of young Will Summerfield and his sister Charlotte.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

Year: 2007

winner y separately published work icon Lilies for Love Unholy Murder Felicity Pulman , Milsons Point : Random House Australia , 2006 Z1314679 2006 single work novel young adult mystery historical fiction

'On the run and in fear of her life, Janna seeks refuge at Wiltune Abbey, but love, danger and mysteries follow close behind. What secrets does her father's letter hold, if only she can learn how to read it? Can the mysterious stranger asking questions about Janna be linked to whoever stabbed the lord Hugh at St Edith's fair? Was the knife intended for Janna, or will Hugh's friendship with the beautiful Emma have disastrous consequences for them all? Who is destroying a precious manuscript, and what is the significance of the lilies left at the saint's shrine? The civil war between the Empress Matilda and King Stephen brings the empress to the abbey. A chance meeting secures Janna's loyalty, a loyalty that will eventually put at risk Janna's heart, her happiness and even her life.'

Source: Author's website ( (Sighted: 27/9/2013)

Year: 2005

winner (Children's) y separately published work icon Super Jack SuperJack Susanne Gervay , Pymble : HarperCollins Australia , 2003 Z1065018 2003 single work children's fiction children's

'Super Jack, like I Am Jack is funny, even hilarious at times. He’s a terrific kid, but he’s got challenges to face like every kid. There’s a new person in Jack’s life– LEO, the son of the sort-of-step-dad Rob. What’s twelve year old Jack supposed to do? His family is just fine with Nanna, Mum, his sister Samantha, Rob and Anna and the Napoli’s nearby. Jack doesn’t want Leo in his bedroom and work-shed. Is Leo taking his place with Jack’s sort-of-step-dad Rob and Mum? What does Rob moving in mean?

'Jack’s Grandad has passed away, but he knows Grandad is watching after them all. And Nanna is always there. She loves bargains and keeps buying cheap purple glow-in-the-dark underpants that no one wants to wear. She’s a bit deaf, her teeth fall out sometimes, but she’s wise and Jack loves her. Nanna’s getting wobblier and can’t live by herself anymore. Jack’s worried about Nanna.

'There’s always things to think about – bush fires and the news. Who would light a fire deliberately? There’s so much happening in the world with war and peace marches. Then there’s the neighbourhood Italian girl Anna. Her parents run the Napoli’s Delicioso Fruitology Market and Anna makes Jack feel red and hot.

'It’s holiday time and they’re all headed up North for a beach holiday – Jack, Mum, Nanna, Samantha, Rob, Ann and Leo – and Jack’s got a lot to work out.' (Publication summary)

winner (Young Adult) y separately published work icon Weirdstop Libby Hathorn , Woollahra : Hathorn Enterprises Pty Ltd , 2003 Z1186284 2003 website children's An educational, subscription based interactive online story site. The site has nine online stories for 10 to 14 year olds. The 'interactive online story sites are designed to suit new approaches in e-learning; fit current teaching practices; and also enhance understanding of new technology for both students and teachers.' (Weirdstop website)

Year: 2003

winner (Young Adult) y separately published work icon The Cave Susanne Gervay , Pymble : Angus and Robertson , 2002 Z980547 2002 single work novel young adult adventure (taught in 1 units) A compelling and confronting book that looks at what it means to be young and male in the 21st century. For Sam and his school friends the compulsory school camp is a time of great testing and endurance - especially the descent into the cave.
winner (Children) y separately published work icon The River Libby Hathorn , Stanley Wong (illustrator), Carlton South : Curriculum Corporation , 2001 Z923367 2001 single work picture book children's The River is presented in different voices and in different times. It deals with the continuity of life as represented by the river, which provides a guide for a young Chinese girl, Xian, on her journey to the home of her grandparents. Libby Hathorn presents a story within a story, which adds complexity to the text. Modern-day Hong, the girl reading the story given to her by Ming (a woman who has worked as a cleaner in Hong's parent's shop), is transported back in time by the adventures of Xian when she travels to the home of her grandparents after the death of her mother. Hong is able to draw the conclusion that the story given to her by Ming is indeed Ming's own story. (Libraries Australia)

Works About this Award

Biennial Book Awards 2011 : Judges Comments Tony Moore , 2011-2012 single work column
— Appears in: Images , December - February 2011-2012; (p. 23-24)