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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 Secrets We Keep Nova Weetman , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2016 9153095 2016 single work children's fiction

'I don't know if you've ever seen a house burn, but it's not like anything else ......

'Clem Timmins has lost everything - her clothes, her possessions, her house and her mum. Now living in a tiny flat with her dad, Clem has to start a new school and make new friends.

'On her first day, Clem tells Ellie that her mum died in a house fire and immediately regrets it when Ellie latches on and confides that her own mother is dying of cancer.

'When Clem receives a letter she doesn't want to read, it becomes clear she can't run from her past forever, especially when the truth appears right in front of her face.'

Source: Publisher's blurb

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 A Waltz for Matilda Jackie French , Pymble : Angus and Robertson , 2010 Z1751501 2010 single work novel young adult historical fiction

'In 1894, twelve-year-old Matilda flees the city slums to find her unknown father and his farm. But drought grips the land, and the shearers are on strike. Her father has turned swaggie and he's wanted by the troopers. In front of his terrified daughter, he makes a stand against them, defiant to the last. "You'll never catch me alive, said he..."

'Set against a backdrop of bushfire, flood, war and jubilation, this is the story of one girl's journey towards independence. It is also the story of others who had no vote and very little but their dreams. Drawing on the well-known poem by A. B. "Banjo" Paterson and from events rooted in actual history, this is the untold story behind Australia's early years as an emerging nation.'

2014 winner y separately published work icon My Life as an Alphabet Barry Jonsberg , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2013 Z1916674 2013 single work children's fiction children's 'This isn't just about me. It's also about the other people in my life - my mother, my father, my dead sister Sky, my penpal Denille, Rich Uncle Brian, Earth-Pig Fish and Douglas Benson From Another Dimension. These are people [with the exception of Earth-Pig Fish, who is a fish] who have shaped me, made me what I am. I cannot recount my life without recounting elements of theirs. This is a big task, but I am confident I am up to it.

Introducing Candice Phee: twelve years old, hilariously honest and a little ... odd. But she has a big heart, the very best of intentions and an unwavering determination to ensure everyone is happy. So she sets about trying to 'fix' all the problems of all the people [and pets] in her life.

Laugh-out-loud funny and wonderfully touching, My Life as an Alphabet is a delightful novel about an unusual girl who goes to great lengths to bring love and laughter into the lives of everyone she cares about.' (Publisher's blurb)
2012 winner y separately published work icon The Midnight Zoo Sonya Hartnett , Camberwell : Viking , 2010 Z1713414 2010 single work children's fiction children's (taught in 1 units)

'Under cover of darkness, two brothers cross a war-ravaged countryside carrying a secret bundle. One night they stumble across a deserted town reduced to smouldering ruins. But at the end of a blackened street they find a small green miracle: a zoo filled with animals in need of hope.

'A moving and ageless fable about war, and freedom.' (From the publisher's website.)

2010 winner y separately published work icon Tales of Deltora Emily Rodda , Lindfield : Scholastic Australia , 2005 Z1742538 2005 single work children's fiction children's fantasy 'Where did the Shadow Lord come from? How did the Ak-Baba come to be? All of Deltora's secrets revealed at last! This special edition to delight all Deltora fans, is the foundation on which the series of fifteen best-sellers was built. The amazing secrets of Deltora are revealed. Emily Rodda revisits the traditions and legends of Deltora to create a rich cultural tapestry of Deltora history. This lavish publication is the final word on Deltora, the land of monsters and magic.' (Source: Trove)