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'In 1994, founding president of IBBY Australia, Ena Noël OAM , founded her own biennial prize -the Ena Noel Award – to encourage young emerging writers and illustrators. The name was chosen, not so that Ena’s name would live on, but so that it was apparent to all concerned that she – someone highly regarded in the field – was trying to assist up-and-coming young Australian authors and illustrators for children. The award is a silver medallion designed by the first winner of the award, the Australian Aboriginal writer/illustrator Arone Raymond Meeks.

The Australian IBBY Encouragement Award for Children’s Literature is presented to a young developing Australian writer or illustrator. Only books by Australian creators published in the two years prior to the particular closing date can be nominated by the publishers for the Ena Noël award. The nominated creator must be under the age of 35 at the time the title (or titles) for which they are nominated was published. Any nominated author or illustrator has to be deemed by the judges to be worthy of encouragement.'

Source: 'Ena Noël Award', IBBY Australia website:


2020 winner y separately published work icon 500 Minutes of Danger Jack Heath , Gosford : Scholastic Australia , 2017 11548688 2017 selected work short story young adult adventure

'Bobby wakes up somewhere dark, enclosed. Has he been buried alive? Ella's trapped in quicksand. Will she escape before one of the jungle predators finds her? Kelsey's found a giant crocodile that's about to attack the city...' (Publication Summary)

2018 winner y separately published work icon The Sidekicks Will Kostakis , Melbourne : Penguin , 2016 9231773 2016 single work novel young adult

'The Swimmer.

The Rebel.

The Nerd.

'All Ryan, Harley and Miles had in common was Isaac. They lived different lives, had different interests and kept different secrets. But they shared the same best friend. They were sidekicks. And now that Isaac's gone, what does that make them?

'Will Kostakis, award-winning author of The First Third, perfectly depicts the pain and pleasure of this teenage world, piecing together three points of view with intricate splendour.' (Publication summary)

2016 winner y separately published work icon Writing Clementine Kate Gordon , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2014 7559761 2014 single work novel young adult

'You said we could write anything we wanted. The first thing that came into our minds. Blue fish, red fish, green fish...

'Clementine Darcy is floundering. She wants to be the kind of fish who swims to the swish of her own fins - upstream, not simply carried along by the current.

'But she is finding the swirling waters of school and home difficult to navigate: her friendship group is splintering, her brother Fergus won't leave his room, her sister's life is not as perfect as Clem thought...and then there's the New Boy, who is dapper and intriguing, but hiding secrets of his own. Clem is desperate for everyone - including herself - to be happy, but she discovers that her idea of helping doesn't always work as well as she imagined.

'Can Clem be the girl she wants to be? Will she learn to accept that there are things she can fix and things she cannot? Will she find a way to know the difference?' (Publication summary)

2014 winner y separately published work icon Life in Outer Space Melissa Keil , Richmond : Hardie Grant Egmont , 2013 Z1904275 2013 single work novel young adult fantasy romance


'He has his horror movies, his nerdy friends, World of Warcraft - and until Princess Leia turns up in his bedroom, worry about girls he won't.

'Then Camilla Carter turns up instead. She's beautiful, friendly and completely irrelevant to his plan. Sam is determined to ignore her, except that Camilla has a plan of her own - and he seems to be part of it.

'Sam believes that everything he needs to know he can learn from the movies. But perhaps he's been watching the wrong ones.

'Life in Outer Space is Melissa Keil's brilliantly sweet and funny debut YA novel. It's also the first book ever to be signed up through the Ampersand Project, Hardie Grant Egmont's initiative for emerging YA writers.' (Publisher's blurb)

2012 winner y separately published work icon Omega Park Amy Barker , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2009 Z1523154 2009 single work novel 'Amy Barker presents a confronting tale of heartbreak and redemption. Omega Park is a housing commission estate on the fringes of Queensland's Gold Coast. Dingo Patterson and Jacob Box are growing up and trying to survive. Surrounded by broken families, crime and desperation, they are young men with dreams of a different life. When a car chase ends in tragedy for one of the boys, relations with police and within the community reach crisis point. Amy Barker tells a sobering tale of modern warfare in the suburbs with confidence and assurance. This striking debut novel explores how life on society's margins can mean the end of the road for some, and offer the possibility of escape for others.' (Publisher's Blurb)
2010 winner y separately published work icon Scatterheart Lili Wilkinson , Fitzroy : Black Dog Books , 2007 Z1410115 2007 single work novel young adult historical fiction

'It's 1814 and Hannah Cheshire leads a privileged life in London, with fine clothes, servants and a handsome tutor. Then one day her father disappears and she is left to fend for herself. Unprepared for the real world, she ends up penniless and is sentenced to transportation to the colonies for a crime she didn't commit.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2008 winner y separately published work icon The Book Thief Markus Zusak , Sydney : Picador , 2005 Z1214315 2005 single work novel historical fiction (taught in 8 units)

'It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still. Liesel Meminger and her younger brother are being taken by their mother to live with a foster family outside Munich. Liesel's father was taken away on the breath of a single, unfamiliar word - Kommunist - and Liesel sees the fear of a similar fate in her mother's eyes. On the journey, Death visits the young boy, and notices Liesel. It will be the first of many near encounters. By her brother's graveside, Liesel's life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Gravedigger's Handbook, left there by accident, and it is her first act of book thievery. So begins a love affair with books and words, as Liesel, with the help of her accordion-playing foster father, learns to read. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor's wife's library, wherever there are books to be found. But these are dangerous times. When Liesel's foster family hides a Jewish fist-fighter in their basement, Liesel's world is both opened up, and closed down.'

[Source: Libraries Australia. Sighted 30/10/08]

2006 joint winner y separately published work icon The Girl in the Cave Anthony Eaton , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2004 Z1129740 2004 single work novel young adult humour Joint winner with Eaton's Fireshadow.
2006 joint winner y separately published work icon Fireshadow Anthony Eaton , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2004 Z1108623 2004 single work novel young adult

'You let your sister burn.

'When Vinnie’s sister is killed, he runs away from the accusing eyes of his father to the isolation of the bush. There, he must answer a question … was it his fault?

'In 1941, German soldier Erich is sent miles away from his family after being captured and interned in an Australian prisoner-of-war camp. Despite everything he’s grown up believing, Erich must learn to co-exist with his sworn enemy and, in doing so, question his father’s expectations that have defined his existence.

'Amid the rain soaked forests of South Western Australia, these two young men’s lives collide across the years, changing them both as they struggle to escape their painful memories of fireshadow.

'Some battles are imposed on us, some fought within.' (Publisher's blurb)

Joint winner with Eaton's The Girl in the Cave.
2004 winner y separately published work icon Walking Naked Alyssa Brugman , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2002 Z975191 2002 single work novel young adult

''Every school has one. They are ugly or fat. They have scars or acne or birthmarks. Or maybe it's just something about them that doesn't quite fit with our video-hits view of how teenagers should be?

'We are mean to them. We ridicule them. We make monsters of them. We don't want to stand near them or sit next to them.

'Perdita was one of those. If you had asked me how I felt about her I would have said that I hated her, but I couldn't have told you why.'

'Megan is one of the leaders of the in-group. She wouldn't dream of talking to Perdita, 'the Freak'. But when they are thrown together in detention, she finds herself drawn into a spiky, challenging almost-friendship. Megan then faces an uncomfortable choice: Perdita or the group?

'Alyssa Brugman's first novel, Finding Grace, has been widely and warmly acclaimed for its humour and freshness. In Walking Naked she has written sharply observed, unflinching story about the ins and outs of girls' friendships, the power of words and poetry and the painful getting of wisdom.' (Publication summary)

2002 winner y separately published work icon Cherryblossom and the Golden Bear Pamela Freeman , Beth Norling (illustrator), Norwood : Omnibus Books , 2000 Z820136 2000 single work picture book children's

'Cherryblossom was a seamstress. With her needle she made stitches smaller than a grain of sand and finer than an eyelash. In the whole land, no one was better than she at making beautiful clothes for rich people. And then, one night, a golden bear walks out of her fire...'

Source: Author's blurb.

Awarded to the illustrator, Beth Norling.
2000 winner y separately published work icon Piggy in the Middle Catherine Jinks , Ringwood : Penguin , 1998 Z66378 1998 single work novel young adult
1998 winner y separately published work icon The Tip at the End of the Street Tohby Riddle , Tohby Riddle (illustrator), Pymble London : Angus and Robertson HarperCollins Australia , 1996 Z839615 1996 single work picture book children's

No one believes there's treasure at the tip at the end of the street, but Carl and Minie do. They've found old bicycles, harpsichords and flying machines. One day they find a different kind of treasure - an old man. And they decide to take him home. The treasure he brings Carl and Minnie is beyond measuring, because it's the most precious of all - the everlasting kind.

1997 winner (Special Award) Steven Woolman Woolman received a special award for his body of work.
1996 winner y separately published work icon Wilful Blue Sonya Hartnett , Ringwood : Viking , 1994 Z185212 1994 single work novel young adult
1994 winner y separately published work icon Enora and the Black Crane Raymond Meeks , Raymond Meeks (illustrator), Sydney : Scholastic Australia , 1991 Z912852 1991 single work picture book children's 'How birds get their colours and how Enora became the black crane.' (Libraries Australia record).