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History

Awarded by the Office of Multicultural Affairs from 1991 to 1995.

Winners

1995 winner Junior y separately published work icon Lisdalia Brian Caswell , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1994 Z798067 1994 single work children's fiction children's Life is not easy for Lisdalia. Her dad is opposed to the idea of education for girls. Her teacher encourages her to enter a poetry competition, she puts all her rebellious feelings into verse. When her dad goes into hospital, his views change.
1995 winner Picture Book y separately published work icon Princess Grandma Jenni Overend , Naomi C. Lewis (illustrator), Sydney : Ashton Scholastic , 1994 Z837981 1994 single work picture book children's
1995 winner Senior Section y separately published work icon Gracey James Moloney , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1994 Z364422 1994 single work novel young adult

'Her brother, Dougy, is an embarrassment, especially when he finds some gruesome old bones that bring experts and activists to town. Gracey’s glad she can get back to school, but Dougy and those bones won’t leave her alone. They’re part of a history that draws her in, revealing more about her family than she could possibly have guessed. Who is Gracey? Does she even know herself? ' (Publication summary)
 

1994 winner Senior Book section y separately published work icon Tomorrow, When the War Began When the War Began John Marsden , Chippendale : Pan Macmillan Australia , 1993 Z796506 1993 single work novel young adult (taught in 1 units) Seven Australian teenagers return from a camping trip in the bush to discover that their country has been invaded and they must hide to stay alive. (Source: Trove)
1994 winner Junior Books y separately published work icon Metis, The Octopus and the Olive Tree Jena Woodhouse , Nundah : Jam Roll Press , 1993 Z101337 1993 single work children's fiction children's When twelve-year-old Metis moves from the traditional world of a Greek island to life in an Australian inner city, she sadly misses her wise, old grandmother.
1994 winner Picture Book section y separately published work icon As I Grew Older : The Life and Times of a Nunga Growing Up Along the River Murray Ian Abdulla , Ian Abdulla (illustrator), Norwood : Omnibus Books , 1993 Z849282 1993 single work picture book children's

'Ian Abdulla's paintings and text offer a snapshot of an Aboriginal family living on a small stretch of the Murray River in South Australia in the 1950s and 1960s. This was a time of immense and profound environmental and social change when the assimilation policy still existed and there were few employment opportunities for Aborigines.

'Ian's personal story of survival affirms the culture of rural Aborigines who despite being dispossessed have been determined to stay on the land.' (Publication summary)

1993 winner Picture Book y separately published work icon Mr Plunkett's Pool Gillian Rubinstein , Terry Denton (illustrator), Milsons Point : Random House , 1992 Z817954 1992 single work picture book children's (taught in 1 units) It's hot and Mr Plunkett has a pool but he won't share it with anyone. The children next door think up lots of ways to encourage him to change his mind but he remains firm until twins, Kim and Lee, invent the Ultimate Vintoopling Machine.(Source: Back cover)
1993 winner Junior Section y separately published work icon The Fat and Juicy Place Diana Kidd , North Ryde : Angus and Robertson , 1992 Z395334 1992 single work children's fiction children's
1993 winner Senior Section y separately published work icon Looking for Alibrandi Melina Marchetta , Camberwell : Puffin , 1992 Z88038 1992 single work novel young adult (taught in 4 units) 'Josephine Alibrandi is seventeen, illegitimate, and in her final year at a wealthy Catholic school. This is the year her father comes back into her life, the year she falls in love, the year she discovers the secrets of her family's past and the year she sets herself free.' (Source: Back Cover)
1992 winner Junior Fiction y separately published work icon Do Not Go Around the Edges : Poems Daisy Utemorrah , Broome : Magabala Books , 1990 Z232069 1990 selected work poetry autobiography children's (taught in 3 units) Contains poems and the life story of Daisy Utemorrah at Kunmunya Mission and her later work as a kindergarten teacher, writer and linguist.
1992 winner Picture Book y separately published work icon Big Dog Libby Gleeson , Armin Greder (illustrator), Sydney : Ashton Scholastic , 1991 Z837219 1991 single work picture book children's The big dog down the street is very frightening until some children in a Chinese lion costume accidentally confront it and find that it is really quite friendly.
1992 winner Senior Fiction y separately published work icon The China Coin Allan Baillie , Ringwood : Viking , 1991 Z545533 1991 single work novel young adult 'This novel is the story of a teenage girl's journey with her mother through China. While fiction, the story is set during the real-life turbulent months of student pro-democracy demonstrations across China which culminated in what became known as the Tiananmen Square massacre of June 1989.' (Source: HSC material)
1991 winner Picture Book y separately published work icon Yeye Apme Kwerlaye-Iperre : The Rainbow Serpent Elaine Sharpe , Jennifer Inkamala (illustrator), Alice Springs : Yipirinya School Council , 1988 Z1009813 1988 single work picture book children's Indigenous story

'The story tells how people behaved in the old days when Aboriginal people went to the place known by non-Aboriginals as Glen Helen, which is a sacred place called Yapalpe.'

Source: Living Archive of Aboriginal Languages

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