The Young Australians Best Book Awards (YABBA) were established in 1985 by a group of Victorians keen to see children engage in reading Australian books.’ The awards ‘seek to provide children a voice within the general Australian children’s book industry.'
The awards encourage children 'to read recent Australian published books, rate them against all others and then finally reward that book they feel is best ... Our final goal is that whilst engaging children in this process, the wider children’s book industry hears the voice of the very people they are writing for – the children! We facilitate this message delivery through the connection of authors and illustrators to the children via shortlist announcement and the annual awards ceremony.’
The shortlist (the REAL Awards) for the awards is provided by the Children's Book Council of Australia.
Source: ‘About YABBA.’ YABBA website: http://yabba.org.au/
'Angela Throgmorton lives with her mangy cat, the troublesome but lovable Old Tom. One morning Angela receives some exciting news: she's won an all-expenses paid luxury holiday--for one. Angela is sad to leave Old Tom, but there is plenty of food in the freezer and he needs to clean his room anyway. Angela visits museums and royal gardens, she rides on boats and trains, and she photographs everything so she can share the pictures with Old Tom when she gets home. But everywhere she goes, she sees something that reminds her of her beloved pet. The lonelier she gets, the more she misses Old Tom. Then a wonderful surprise turns Angela's solo adventure into a delightful holiday for two.' (Booktopia)
'Biff and Buff are two very small dogs who are happy to travel in Mr Pocket's pockets, until Biff falls through a hole one day.' (Source: Trove)
Deltora Quest follows the adventures Lief, Barda and Jasmine as they journey across the fictitious land of Deltora, endeavoring to recover the magical belt of Deltora and defeat allies of the evil Shadow Lord.
'"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)
'Another JUST outrageous title from the author of the NY Times bestseller THE DAY MY BUTT WENT PSYCHO! The series that made Andy Griffiths an Australian publishing phenomenon is sweeping America!
'Before introducing the world to butts gone bad, Andy Griffiths unleashed the bestselling JUST books. The series continues to amuse, annoy, and totally ick out readers with this latest collection of just stupid stories.
'GASP as Andy careens downhill in a runaway baby carriage wearing only a diaper.... SQUIRM as he almost explodes searching for a bathroom in a shopping mall.... GROAN as he stuffs twenty marshmallows in his mouth-and then has to kiss the cutest girl in class...
'But most of all, LAUGH -- because Andy Griffiths is back with more JUST STUPID adventures!' (Publication summary)
'It's the epic story of one slightly squashed cane toad's quest for the truth.' (Publication summary)
'Skeeta Anderson woke up one morning to find that his bum was gone. And not only his bum, but the bum of every single person in the town of Bugalugs.
'It's up to Skeeta to catch the thief ...'
Source: Publisher's blurb (Aussie Bites ed.)
'Billy decides that he needs to look different and he doesn't care that no one much likes his hair or his new clothes. Billy thinks he looks great!'
Source: Publisher's blurb.
'Lockie Leonard, hot surf-rat, is in love. The human torpedo is barely settled into his new school, and already he's got a girl on his mind. And not just any girl: it has to be Vicki Streeton, the smartest, prettiest, richest girl in the class. What chance have you got when your dad's a cop, your mum's a frighteningly understanding parent, your brother wets the bed and the teachers take an instant dislike to you and then you fall in love at twelve-and-three-quarter years old? It can only mean trouble, worry, mega-embarrassment and some wild, wild times ' (Publication summary)
The people of Rin have long lived in the shadow of the Mountain, hearing the dragon's roar every morning and evening. When the village's precious stream stops flowing, a frightening journey must be undertaken up the Mountain to the stream's source. To the hardy villagers of Rin, the boy Rowan is a timid weakling. Yet because only he can read the magical map, it is Rowan who must brave the unknown terrors of the Mountain to save the village and solve a witch's riddle.
'An Australian schoolgirl who is unable to speak is embarrassed by her father's outlandish dress and behavior.'
'Frank loves to calculate things. He knows how many humpback whales would fit in his house. He knows how long it would take to fill his bathroom with water. But can Frank guess the number of jellybeans in the jar? ' (Publisher's blurb)
'Oh yuck. The mice were running up my trousers. They wriggled under my shirt. They were even inside my underpants.
'Mice, madness and mayhem' (Source: publisher's website).
'Space Demons is a computer game with a difference - a prototype directly imported from Japan, and designed to lock four unlikely protagonists, Andrew Hayford, Elaine Taylor, Ben Challis and Mario Ferrone, in deadly combat with the sinister forces of its artificial intelligence. As the game draws them into its powerful ambit, Andrew, Elaine, Ben, and Mario must confront the darker sides of their own natures.' (Publication summary)
'My Place, the classic Australian picture book, is a "time machine" which takes the reader back into the past. It depicts the history of one particular piece of land in Sydney from 1788 to 1988 through the stories of the various children who have lived there. It aims to teach the reader about the history of Australia, about families, settlers, multiculturalism, and the traditional owners of the land. Each child's story covers a decade in time, showing their particular dress, customs and family life.
'The book also features maps that the successive generations of children have 'drawn' which demonstrate the things that have changed - as well as the things that have remained constant. My Place ultimately aims to show "that everyone is part of History" and that "every place has a story as old as the earth".' -- Provided by publisher (2008 ed.)
'A boy and his father travel in their boat, ‘Time Machine’ to a stretch of beach beside a primordial tropical rainforest. As the boy walks among the trees he imagines the forest as it might have been in the past. Dinosaurs emerge, barely perceptible, from a tangle of trunks and vines; the faint outlines of an aboriginal child melt into a background of trees and in the final haunting scene the unspoiled vista readers have toured is overlaid with translucent images of a possible future civilisation..' (Source: Author's website)
'Within the pages of this book
'You may discover, if you look
'Beyond the spell of written words,
'A hidden land of beasts and birds.
'For many things are 'of a kind,'
'And those with keenest eyes will find
'A thousand things, or maybe more -
'It's up to you to keep the score . . .'
Source: Publisher's blurb.
Eighty-four champion hippopotamuses hit the Zamboola River with a thunderous crash and the 27th Annual African Hippopotamus Race has begun!