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Fiction for Years 7-9
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History

This category was inaugurated in 2007.

Winners

2020 winner y separately published work icon Detention Tristan Bancks , Sydney : Penguin Random House Australia , 2019 16885223 2019 single work novel young adult

'Sima and her family are pressed to the rough, cold ground among fifty others. They lie next to the tall fence designed to keep them in. The wires are cut one by one.

'When they make their escape, a guard raises the alarm. Shouting, smoke bombs, people tackled to the ground. In the chaos Sima loses her parents.

'Dad told her to run, so she does, hiding in a school and triggering a lockdown. A boy, Dan, finds her hiding in the toilet block.

'What should he do? Help her? Dob her in? She's breaking the law, but is it right to lock kids up? And if he helps, should Sima trust him? Or run?

'THIS MOMENT, THESE DECISIONS, WILL CHANGE THE COURSE OF THEIR LIVES. ' (Publication summary)

2019 winner y separately published work icon Maybe Morris Gleitzman , Melbourne : Viking , 2017 11572547 2017 single work children's fiction historical fiction

'1946. Europe is in ruins. Millions of people dream of finding happiness somewhere else.

'Fourteen year old Felix is one of them. When he’s offered a journey to Australia, he seizes the opportunity. So does someone very dear to him, even though she wasn’t actually invited.

'They have high hopes for Australia, and their dramatic arrival there makes them want to stay. But before Felix and Anya can embrace the love and friendship of their new land, they must confront the murderous urge for revenge still alive in the old.

'Felix knows he hasn’t faced anything like this before.

'He may not survive, but he’s hoping he will. Maybe.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2018 winner y separately published work icon The Fall Tristan Bancks , North Sydney : Penguin Random House Australia , 2017 11203953 2017 single work novel children's thriller

'In the middle of the night, Sam is woken by angry voices from the apartment above. He goes to the window to see what’s happening – only to hear a struggle, and see a body fall from the sixth-floor balcony. Pushed, Sam thinks. Sam goes to wake his father, Harry, a crime reporter, but Harry is gone. And when Sam goes downstairs, the body is gone, too. But someone has seen Sam, and knows what he’s witnessed. The next twenty-four hours could be his last.' (Publication Summary)

2017 winner y separately published work icon Pennies for Hitler Jackie French , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 2012 Z1869790 2012 single work children's fiction children's historical fiction

'It′s 1939, and for Georg, son of an English academic living in Germany, life is full of cream cakes and loving parents. It is also a time when his teacher measures the pupils′ heads to see which of them have the most "Aryan"-shaped heads. But when a university graduation ceremony turns into a pro-Nazi demonstration, Georg is smuggled out of Germany to war-torn London and then across enemy seas to Australia where he must forget his past and who he is in order to survive.

'Hatred is contagious, but Georg finds that kindness can be, too. The companion piece to Hitler's Daughter, Pennies for Hitler examines the life of a child during World War 2, from a different perspective.' (From the publisher's website.)

2016 winner y separately published work icon Soon Morris Gleitzman , Melbourne : Penguin , 2015 8607248 2015 single work novel young adult war literature (taught in 1 units)

'I hoped the Nazis would be defeated.

And they were.

'I hoped the war would be over.

And it was.

'I hoped we would be safe.

But we aren't.

'Soon continues the incredibly moving story of Felix, a Jewish boy still struggling to survive in the wake of the liberation of Poland after the end of World War Two.' (Publication summary)

2015 winner y separately published work icon Two Wolves Tristan Bancks , North Sydney : Random House Australia , 2014 6809532 2014 single work novel young adult

'A Cherokee Indian grandfather tells his grandson that there is a battle raging inside him, inside all of us. A terrible battle between two wolves. One wolf is bad – pride, jealousy, greed. The other wolf is good – kindness, hope, truth. The child asks, ‘Who will win?' The grandfather answers simply, ‘The one you feed.'

'One afternoon, police officers show up at Ben Silver's front door. Minutes after they leave, his parents arrive home. Ben and his little sister Olive are bundled into the car and told they're going on a holiday. But are they?

'It doesn't take long for Ben to realise that his parents are in trouble. Ben's always dreamt of becoming a detective – his dad even calls him ‘Cop'. Now Ben gathers evidence and tries to uncover what his parents have done.

'The problem is, if he figures it out, what does he do? Tell someone? Or keep the secret and live life on the run?' (Publisher's blurb)

2014 winner y separately published work icon Pennies for Hitler Jackie French , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 2012 Z1869790 2012 single work children's fiction children's historical fiction

'It′s 1939, and for Georg, son of an English academic living in Germany, life is full of cream cakes and loving parents. It is also a time when his teacher measures the pupils′ heads to see which of them have the most "Aryan"-shaped heads. But when a university graduation ceremony turns into a pro-Nazi demonstration, Georg is smuggled out of Germany to war-torn London and then across enemy seas to Australia where he must forget his past and who he is in order to survive.

'Hatred is contagious, but Georg finds that kindness can be, too. The companion piece to Hitler's Daughter, Pennies for Hitler examines the life of a child during World War 2, from a different perspective.' (From the publisher's website.)

2013 winner y separately published work icon Contact Chris Morphew , Prahran : Hardie Grant Egmont , 2010 Z1662597 2010 single work novel young adult science fiction thriller

'For the first six months, Peter's life in Phoenix was pretty normal. Hanging out with his friends, frustrating his parents, sleeping through school. Then he found out the world was ending. The Shackleton Co-operative is planning to exterminate the rest of humanity - and they're going to use "Tabitha" to do it. But who is Tabitha? What's really going on inside the Shackleton Building? And why does Peter's dad's name keep turning up in the search for answers? As Peter and his friends struggle to contact the outside world, they're going to find out just how far Shackleton is willing to go to make sure the secretsof Phoenix stay hidden. And the clock is still ticking. There are 88 days until the end of the world.' (Publication summary)

2012 winner y separately published work icon Arrival Chris Morphew , Prahran : Hardie Grant Egmont , 2009 Z1605935 2009 single work novel young adult science fiction thriller

'Luke is having a rough year. When his parents split up, his mum drags him to Phoenix, a brand-new town in the middle of nowhere. But Phoenix is no ordinary town. There are no cars, no phones and no internet. Luke thinks this is as weird as it gets. Then he discovers that someone is plotting to wipe out the human race. Phoenix is suddenly the safest and most dangerous place on earth. And the clock is ticking. There are one hundred days until the end of the world.' (Publication summary)

2011 winner y separately published work icon Girl Underground Morris Gleitzman , Camberwell : Puffin , 2004 Z1123984 2004 single work children's fiction children's (taught in 1 units) 'This is a story of friendship, courage and a bit of crime. Bridget wants a quiet life. Including, if possible, keeping her parents out of prison. Then a boy called Menzies makes her an offer she can't refuse, and they set off on a job of their own. It's a desperate, daring plan - to rescue two kids, Jamal and Bibi, from a desert detention centre. Can Bridget and Menzies pull off their very first jail break, or will they end up behind bars too? Sometimes, to help a friend, you have to dig deep.' (Source: Author's website)
2010 winner y separately published work icon Boy Overboard Morris Gleitzman , Camberwell : Puffin , 2002 Z976312 2002 single work children's fiction children's (taught in 4 units) 'A story of adventure, ball control and hope. Jamal and Bibi have a dream. To lead Australia to soccer glory in the next World Cup. But first they must face landmines, pirates, storms and assassins. Can Jamal and his family survive their incredible journey and get to Australia? Sometimes, to save the people you love, you have to go overboard'. (Source: publisher's website.)
2008 winner y separately published work icon Mao's Last Dancer Cunxin Li , Ringwood : Viking , 2003 Z1062537 2003 single work autobiography Younger readers' edition.
2007 winner y separately published work icon Once Morris Gleitzman , Camberwell : Puffin , 2005 Z1211274 2005 single work children's fiction children's After nearly four years in a Polish orphanage Felix sets out in an attempt to discover the whereabouts of his parents.
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