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History

Also called 'Fiction for Older Readers'.

Replaced the pre-existing category 'Senior Book' in 2000.

Winners

2020 winner y separately published work icon The 117-Storey Treehouse Andy Griffiths , Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 2019 16432360 2019 children's fiction

'Andy and Terry's treehouse now has 13 new storeys, including a tiny-horse level, a pyjama-party room, an Underpants Museum, a photo-bombing booth, a waiting room, a Door of Doom, a circus, a giant-robot-fighting arena, a traffic school, a water-ski park filled with flesh-eating piranhas and a treehouse visitor centre with a 24-hour information desk, a penguin-powered flying treehouse tour bus and a gift shop.

Well, what are you waiting for? Come on up!'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2019 winner y separately published work icon The 104-Storey Treehouse Andy Griffiths , Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 2018 14252516 2018 single work children's fiction children's

'The 104-Storey Treehouse is the eighth book of Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton’s wacky treehouse adventures, where the laugh-out-loud story is told through a combination of text and fantastic cartoon-style illustrations.

'Join Andy and Terry in their now 104-storey spectacular treehouse. They’ve added thirteen new levels, including a never-ending staircase, a burp bank, and even a mighty fortress. But Andy and Terry are in a race against time to find a funny story for their next book – will the tooth fairy, the two-million-dollar shop or even the riddles of the deep-thoughts thinking room be able to help?

'Well, what are you waiting for? Come on up!' (Publication summary)

2018 winner y separately published work icon The 91-Storey Treehouse Andy Griffiths , Terry Denton (illustrator), Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 2017 11598477 2017 single work children's fiction children's

'Join Andy and Terry in their ridiculous 91-storey treehouse!

'Go for a spin in the world's most powerful whirlpool, take a ride in a submarine sandwich, get marooned on a desert island, hang out in a giant spider web, visit the fortune teller's tent to get your fortune told by Madame Know-it-all and decide whether or not to push the mysterious big red button.

'Well, what are you waiting for? Come on up!' (Publication summary)

2017 winner y separately published work icon The 78-Storey Treehouse Andy Griffiths , Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 2016 9652462 2016 single work children's fiction children's

'Join Andy and Terry in their spectacular new 78-storey treehouse. They've added 13 new levels including a drive-thru car wash, a combining machine, a scribbletorium, an ALL-BALL sports stadium, Andyland, Terrytown, a high-security potato chip storage facility and an open-air movie theatre. Well, what are you waiting for? Come on up!' (Publication summary)

2016 winner y separately published work icon The 65-Storey Treehouse Andy Griffiths , Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 2015 8682364 2015 single work children's fiction children's

'Andy and Terry's amazing 65-Storey Treehouse now has a pet-grooming salon, a birthday room where it's always your birthday (even when it's not), a room full of exploding eyeballs, a lollipop shop, a quicksand pit, an ant farm, a time machine and Tree-NN: a 24-hour-a-day TV news centre keeping you up to date with all the latest treehouse news, current events and gossip. Well, what are you waiting for? Come on up!' (Publication summary)

2015 winner y separately published work icon The 52-Storey Treehouse The Fifty-Two-Storey Treehouse Andy Griffiths , Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 2014 7711206 2014 single work children's fiction children's

'Andy and Terry's incredible, ever-expanding treehouse has 13 new storeys, including a watermelon-smashing level, a wave machine, a life-size snakes and ladders game (with real ladders and real snakes), a rocket-powered carrot-launcher, a Ninja Snail Training Academy and a high-tech detective agency with all the latest high-tech detective technology, which is lucky because they have a BIG mystery to solve - where is Mr Big Nose??? ' (Publication summary)

2014 winner The 39-Storey Treehouse Andy Griffiths , Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 2013 6805277 2013 single work children's fiction children's

'Andy and Terry's amazing treehouse has 13 new levels including a chocolate waterfall, a non-erupting active volcano, an opera house, a baby-dinosaur petting zoo, Andy and Terry's Believe it or Else! museum, a not-very-merry merry-go-round, a boxing elephant called the Trunkinator, an X-Ray room, a disco with light-up dance floor, the world's scariest roller-coaster and a top secret 39th level that hasn't even been finished yet! Well, what are you waiting for? Come on up!' (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 y separately published work icon The Book of Lies James Moloney , Pymble : Angus and Robertson , 2004 Z1127165 2004 single work novel young adult fantasy

'The truth to the Book of Lies is within its very pages

'Three children, Marcel, Nicola and Fergus, have been left mysteriously in an orphanage run by the kindly Mrs Timmins, but overseen by the fearsome wizard Lord Alwyn and his creature Termagant. Marcel learns that the mysterious book of Lies can tell falsehood from truth. But can it tell him who he really is?

'He is not alone in his confusion, either. When the stranger Starkey arrives, Marcel, the haughty Nicola and battle-obsessed Fergus discover that they have a vital part to play in saving the Kingdom from evil. But something's not right. Is Starkey friend or foe? And is Lord Alwyn the evil wizard the children first thought? And will the truth really be revealed in the pages of the Book of Lies?'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2010 winner y separately published work icon The Battle for Rondo Emily Rodda , Malvern : Omnibus Books , 2009 Z1645632 2007-2010 single work children's fiction children's fantasy

'The heart-stopping climax to the Rondo trilogy. Peril awaits Leo and Mimi on their return to the fantastic world of Rondo. With the help of Rondo's seven best witches and wizards, their friends have made plans to combat the attacks of the Blue Queen. But it soon becomes clear that defence is not enough... ' (Libraries Australia record.)

With Emily Rodda's The Wizard of Rondo.
2010 winner y separately published work icon The Wizard of Rondo Emily Rodda , Malvern : Omnibus Books , 2008 Z1539305 2007-2010 single work children's fiction children's fantasy Leo and Mimi return to Rondo determined to stay out of trouble and away from their old enemy the Blue Queen. On meeting with their old friends, the two Langlanders discover that much has changed since their last visit. Bertha, the model pig, has become a local celebrity and the slippery Spoiler seems to have vanished. When the Quest team are offered a job in nearby Hobnox to investigate the mysterious disappearance of the Wizard Bing and prove that Simon, Bing's one time apprentice turned giant mushroom, is innocent, Leo and Mimi are quickly caught up in the case. But something sinister is lurking in the skies above Hobnox. The legendary Strix's castle has been sighted a mystical cloud palace where the Strix's victims are forever imprisoned and the Quest team suspect it has something to do with their investigation. Despite their good intentions, Leo and Mimi soon find themselves knee deep in trouble and sinking fast. (Source: LibrariesAustralia) With Emily Rodda's The Battle for Rondo.
2009 winner y separately published work icon Garden of the Purple Dragon Carole Wilkinson , Fitzroy : Black Dog Books , 2005 Z1216449 2005 single work children's fiction children's fantasy 'This story is set in Ancient China, during the Han Dynasty. Ping thinks she is safe hiding in the shadow of the Tai Shan mountains. Here she struggles to care for Kai, the baby dragon she is responsible for. But even in her remote mountain hideout, Ping's enemies find her. It is Kai they want. Who can Ping trust? It is impossible to distinguish friend from foe. The easy road beckons. Will they find sanctuary in the Garden of the Purple Dragon? Will Ping embrace her true destiny?'The Dragonkeeper trilogy. (Source: Author's website)
2008 winner y separately published work icon The Key to Rondo Emily Rodda , Malvern : Omnibus Books , 2007 Z1423110 2007 single work children's fiction children's fantasy

The old music box, with its strict rules, has been carefully handed down through Leo's family for hundreds of years. Painted scenes of villages, mysterious forests, a castle on a hill and a queen in a long blue gown decorate its sides. An astounding secret is hidden beneath its gleaming black lid. Now it is Leo's music box, and although he respects the rules, his least favourite cousin, Mimi Langlander, does not. When the rules are broken, Leo's ordered life is changed forever as he and Mimi plunge together into a thrilling quest in the fantastic world of Rondo.

Source: http://www.emilyrodda.com/rondo.html (Sighted: 23/11/2007)

2007 winner y separately published work icon Zombie Bums from Uranus Zombie Butts From Uranus [US title] Andy Griffiths , Sydney : Pan , 2003 Z1054204 2003 single work children's fiction children's humour

'Zack Freeman is back ... and so is his crazy runaway bum.

'But this time they're not fighting each other-this time they've joined forces to save the Earth from the most serious threat it has ever faced: an invasion of zombie bums ... zombie bums from Uranus.

'Join Zack, his bum, Eleanor, Silas Sterne, the Kicker, the Smacker, the Pincher, the Forker, the Flicker and the Mutant Maggot Lord in the heart-stopping, nostril-blasting, Zombie-Bums-from-Uranus-filled sequel to The Day My Bum went Psycho.

'Zombie Bums From Uranus - another story that you and your bum will never forget.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

With Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton's The Cat on the Mat is Flat.
2007 winner y separately published work icon The Cat on the Mat Is Flat Andy Griffiths , Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 2006 Z1288641 2006 selected work children's fiction children's humour

'Look! Look!

Look at this book!

'Funny stories by Andy G.

with silly pictures by Terry D!

'There’s a rat with a bat and a very flat cat

and a frog and a hog on a jet-rocket log

and a snack-stealing yak-in-a-sack called Jack

and a duck with a truck that sucks up muck!

'All these and lots more

can be found in this book,

so open it up

and...

'Look! Look! Look!' (Publication summary)

With Andy Griffith's Zombie Bums from Uranus.
2006 winner y separately published work icon Dragonkeeper Carole Wilkinson , Fitzroy : Black Dog Books , 2003 Z1059200 2003 single work children's fiction children's fantasy (taught in 2 units) In Ancient China during the Han Dynasty a slave girl saves the life of an ageing dragon and escapes her brutal master. Pursued by a ruthless dragon hunter, the girl and the dragon cross China, carrying with them a mysterious stone that must be protected.
2005 winner y separately published work icon The Bad Book Andy Griffiths , Sydney : Pan , 2004 Z1134183 2004 selected work poetry children's fiction children's humour
2004 winner y separately published work icon TruckDogs : A Novel in Four Bites Graeme Base , Camberwell : Viking , 2003 Z1063640 2003 single work children's fiction children's humour Two gangs of canine-like motor vehicles, the Rott Wheelers and the Mongrel Pack, have a showdown in the town of Hubcap. -- National Library of Australia catalogue record.
2003 winner y separately published work icon Just Disgusting! Andy Griffiths , Terry Denton (illustrator), Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 2002 Z980430 2002 selected work children's fiction children's humour 'In the tradition of Just Tricking!Just Annoying!Just Stupid! and Just Crazy!, Andy Griffiths has written nine highly original, humorous new stories about Andy G.

'Includes a terrible agonising death by flesh-eating zombies, a battle with brussel sprouts (the sprouts win) and the disgusting fact that cockroaches can live for nine days without their heads (they only die because they starve to death).

'Complemented by imaginative, chaotic and downright disgusting illustrations by Terry Denton.' (Publication summary)
2002 winner y separately published work icon Just Tricking! Andy Griffiths , Belgrave : Brainfright Press , 1992 Z893864 1992 selected work children's fiction children's humour Ever tried to get out of going to school by pretending that you're dead? Ever managed to convince a friend that they're invisible? Ever been stuck in a gorilla suit and nearly put in a zoo? Andy has. Andy's the greatest practical joker in the world ... well, almost. He would be, if only his practical jokes didnt have the annoying habit of backfiring on him.
2001 winner y separately published work icon Just Crazy! Andy Griffiths , Sydney : Pan , 2000 Z793607 2000 selected work children's fiction humour children's (taught in 3 units)

'"Just Crazy!" Is this the right book for you? Take the crazy test and find out the answer. Answer yes or no: Do you bounce so high on your bed that you hit your head on the ceiling? Do you ever look in the mirror and see a maniac staring back at you? Do you like to read stories about kittens, puppies and ponies getting mashed and pulverised? Do you sometimes get the urge to take your clothes off and cover yourself in mud? Do you often waste your time taking crazy tests like this one? Score by giving one point for each 'yes' answer. If you score 3-5, you are completely crazy. You will love this book. If you score 1-2, you are not completely crazy, but you're not far from it. You will love this book. If you score 0, you are so crazy you don't even realise you're crazy. You will love this book.' (Publication summary)

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