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Winners

2018 winner Novel y separately published work icon Catching Teller Crow Ambelin Kwaymullina , Ezekiel Kwaymullina , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2018 14072595 2018 single work novel young adult

'Nothing's been the same for Beth Teller since she died. Her dad, a detective, is the only one who can see and hear her—and he's drowning in grief. But now they have a mystery to solve together. As it unravels, Beth finds a shocking story lurking beneath the surface of a small town, and a friendship that lasts beyond one life and into another. Told in two unforgettable voices, this gripping novel weaves together themes of grief, colonial history, violence, love and family.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2018 winner Short Story The Sea Maker of Darmid Bay Shauna O'Meara , 2018 single work short story fantasy
— Appears in: Interzone , September no. 277 2018; (p. 28-39)

'Four young men fishing illegally in the polluted waters off Kurathi City hook something enormous, and with no idea what it is, struggle hard to capture it.'

Source: Rocket Stack Rank (http://www.rocketstackrank.com/2018/09/The-Sea-Maker-of-Darmid-Bay-Shauna-OMeara.html). (Sighted: 21/02/2018)

2017 winner Novel y separately published work icon In the Dark Spaces Cally Black , Richmond : Hardie Grant Egmont , 2017 11497676 2017 single work novel young adult science fiction

'The latest winner of the Ampersand Prize is a genre-smashing kidnapping drama about Tamara, who's faced with an impossible choice when she falls for her captors.

'Yet this is no ordinary kidnapping. Tamara has been living on a freighter in deep space, and her kidnappers are terrifying Crowpeople – the only aliens humanity has ever encountered. No-one has ever survived a Crowpeople attack, until now – and Tamara must use everything she has just to stay alive.

'But survival always comes at a price, and there’s no handbook for this hostage crisis. As Tamara comes to know the Crowpeople's way of life, and the threats they face from humanity's exploration into deep space, she realises she has an impossible choice to make. Should she stay as the only human among the Crows, knowing she'll never see her family again … or inevitably betray her new community if she wants to escape?'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2017 winner Short Story y separately published work icon Girl Reporter Tansy Rayner Roberts , United States of America (USA) : Book Smugglers Publishing , 2017 12890563 2017 single work novella science fiction young adult

 From the award-winning author of Cookie Cutter Superhero and Kid Dark Against the Machine comes a brand new novella about girl reporters, superheroes, and interdimensional travel

'In a world of superheroes, supervillains, and a machine that can create them all, millennial vlogger and girl reporter Friday Valentina has no shortage of material to cover. Every lottery cycle, a new superhero is created and quite literally steps into the shoes of the hero before them--displacing the previous hero. While Fry may not be super-powered herself, she understands the power of legacy: her mother is none other than the infamous reporter Tina Valentina, renowned worldwide for her legendary interviews with the True Blue Aussie Beaut Superheroes and her tendency to go to extraordinary lengths to get her story.

This time, Tina Valentina may have ventured too far.

'Alongside Australia's greatest superheroes--including the powerful Astra, dazzling Solar, and The Dark in his full brooding glory--Friday will go to another dimension in the hopes of finding her mother, saving the day, maybe even getting the story of a lifetime out of the adventure. (And possibly a new girlfriend, too.)'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2016 winner Novel y separately published work icon Lady Helen and the Dark Days Pact Alison Goodman , South Sydney area : HarperCollins Australia , 2017 9704450 2017 single work novel young adult fantasy

'Summer, 1812

'After the scandalous events at her presentation ball in London, Lady Helen has taken refuge at the fashionable seaside resort of Brighton, where she is training to be a Reclaimer with the covert Dark Days Club.

'As she struggles to put aside her genteel upbringing and take up the weapons of a warrior, Helen realizes that her mentor, Lord Carlston, is fighting his own inner battle. Has the foul Deceiver energy poisoned his soul, or is something else driving him towards violent bouts of madness? Either way, Helen is desperate to help the man with whom she shares a deep but forbidden connection.

'When Mr Pike, the hard bureaucratic heart of the Dark Days Club, arrives in Brighton, no one is prepared for the ordinary evil he brings in his wake. He has a secret task for Helen and Mr Hammond, and the authority of the Prince Regent. They have no choice but to do as he orders, knowing that the mission will betray everyone around them and possibly bring about Lord Carlston's annihilation.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2016 winner Young Adult Pretty Jennie Greenteeth Leife Shallcross , 2015 single work short story fantasy
— Appears in: Strange Little Girls 2015;
2015 winner Novel y separately published work icon Day Boy Trent Jamieson , Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2015 8507148 2015 single work novel fantasy

'Mark is a Day Boy.

'In a post-traumatic future the Masters—formerly human, now practically immortal—rule a world that bends to their will and a human population upon which they feed. Invincible by night, all but helpless by day, each relies on his Day Boy to serve and protect him.

'Mark has been lucky in his Master: Dain has treated him well. But as he grows to manhood and his time as a Day Boy draws to a close, there are choices to be made.

'Will Mark undergo the Change and become, himself, a Master—or throw in his lot with his fellow humans? As the tensions in his conflicted world reach crisis point, Mark’s decision may be crucial.

'In Day Boy Trent Jamieson reimagines the elements of the vampire myth in a wholly original way. This is beautifully written and surprisingly tender novel about fathers and sons, and what it may mean to become a man.

Or to remain one.' (Publication summary)

2015 winner Novel y separately published work icon In the Skin of a Monster Kathryn Barker , Hornsby : Allen and Unwin , 2015 8747941 2015 single work novel young adult fantasy

'Caught in a dreamscape, mistaken for a killer ... will Alice find a way home?

'Three years ago, Alice's identical twin sister took a gun to school and killed seven innocent kids; now Alice wears the same face as a monster. She's struggling with her identity, and with life in the small Australian town where everyone was touched by the tragedy. Just as Alice thinks things can't get much worse, she encounters her sister on a deserted highway. But all is not what it seems, and Alice soon discovers that she has stepped into a different reality, a dream world, where she's trapped with the nightmares of everyone in the community. Here Alice is forced to confront the true impact of everything that happened the day her twin sister took a gun to school ... and to reveal her own secret to the boy who hates her most.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2015 winner Short Story The Miseducation of Mara Lys Deborah Kalin , 2015 single work short story
— Appears in: Cherry Crow Children : A Twelve Planets Collection 2015;

'The desert-locked outpost of Boundary boasts the famed manufacturers of flawless timepieces; those who would learn the trade must offer up their eyes as starting materials. Look to your pride: it will eat you alive.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2014 winner Best Short Story Vanilla Dirk Flinthart , 2014 single work short story fantasy science fiction young adult
— Appears in: Kaleidoscope : Diverse Science Fiction and Fantasy Stories 2014; (p. 207-230) Focus 2014 : Highlights of Australian Short Fiction 2015;
2014 winner Best Novel y separately published work icon The Cracks in the Kingdom Jaclyn Moriarty , Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 2014 6911512 2014 single work novel fantasy young adult (taught in 1 units)

'It's not easy being Princess Ko.

Her family is missing, taken to the World through cracks in the Kingdom, which were then sealed tightly behind them.

'Now Princess Ko is running the Kingdom, and war is looming.

'To help her find her family, she gathers a special group of teens, including Elliot Baranski of the Farms. He's been writing secret letters to a Girl-in-the-World named Madeleine Tully - and now the Kingdom needs her help.

'Madeleine and Elliot must locate the missing royals, convince them of their true identities, and figure out how to unlock the dangerous cracks between the Kingdom and the World.

'All before their enemies can stop them.' (Publisher's blurb)

2013 joint winner Best Novel y separately published work icon Fairytales for Wilde Girls Allyse Near , Sydney : Random House , 2013 Z1935862 2013 single work novel young adult fantasy

'A girl with anime hair. A boy with a sketchbook. A forest possessed.

With a motley pack of possibly imaginary friends watching over her, Isola Wilde feels safe, loved. But even her protectors can't save her from the anguish of watching her mother's illness take over their house. Friends Grape and James help her to feel normal. New boy Edgar makes her forget for a while. But always Isola comes back to wondering: will I be next? The ghost at the window would steal Isola's last breath, and it will take all of Isola's strength to stop her.

As her magical world collides with the real one, Isola strikes a Faustian deal with a cute and fluffy gargoyle to protect herself from the fairytale evils of her world.'

(Publisher's blurb)

2013 joint winner Best Novel y separately published work icon These Broken Stars Meagan Spooner , Amie Kaufman , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2013 6422017 2013 single work novel young adult science fiction

'It's a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets to the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone.

'Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they're worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help.

'Then, against all odds, Lilac and Tarver find a strange blessing in the tragedy that has thrown them into each other's arms. Without the hope of a future together in their own world, they begin to wonder - would they be better off staying in this place forever?

'Everything changes when they uncover the truth behind the chilling whispers that haunt their every step. Lilac and Tarver may find a way off this planet. But they won't be the same people who landed on it.

'The first in a sweeping science fiction trilogy, These Broken Stars is a timeless love story about hope and survival in the face of unthinkable odds.'

2013 winner Best Short Story By Bone-Light Juliet Marillier , 2013 single work short story fantasy
— Appears in: Prickle Moon 2013; Focus 2013 : Highlights of Australian Short Fiction 2014; Year's Best Young Adult Speculative Fiction 2013 2014; The Year's Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2013 2014;
A modern re-telling of the Russian folktale 'Vasilisa the Wise' (a variant of 'The Frog Princess' tale).
2012 joint winner Best Novel y separately published work icon Sea Hearts Margo Lanagan , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2012 Z1836289 2012 single work novel fantasy young adult (taught in 4 units)

'On remote Rollrock Island, the sea-witch Misskaella discovers she can draw a girl from the heart of a seal. So, for a price, any man might buy himself a bride; an irresistibly enchanting sea-wife. But what cost will be borne by the people of Rollrock - the men, the women, the children - once Misskaella sets her heart on doing such a thing?'

—Publisher's website

Joint winner with Kaz Delaney's Dead, Actually.
2012 joint winner Best Novel y separately published work icon Dead, Actually Kaz Delaney , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2012 Z1877800 2012 single work novel young adult mystery

'Willow's having a bad week. A dead body, a funeral and now she's being haunted by the star of it all, the dead queen of Ruth Throsby High herself, JoJo Grayson.

'Being dead hasn't made JoJo any nicer. She's still venomous and vacuous and, unfortunately, determined to stick around unless Willow finds out what happened.

'But the mysteries keep multiplying. There's a missing phone. An anonymous blackmailer. Dirty secrets that won't stay buried. And the blame is being cleverly pointed right at Willow.

'The only good thing? The gorgeous Seth Pentecost. He's got his own agenda but it looks like he's going to help Willow out. Could JoJo's death be what it takes to finally bring Seth into Willow's life?' (From the publisher's website.)

Joint winner with Margo Lanagan's Sea Hearts.
2012 winner Best Short Story The Wisdom of Ants Thoraiya Dyer , 2012 single work short story fantasy science fiction
— Appears in: Clarkesworld , December vol. 75 no. 2012; Focus 2012 : Highlights of Australian Short Fiction 2013;
2011 winner Best Short Story Nation of the Night Susan Isle , 2011 single work short story young adult science fiction
— Appears in: Nightsiders 2011; (p. 31-87)
2011 winner Best Novel y separately published work icon Only Ever Always Penni Russon , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2011 Z1811624 2011 single work novel young adult fantasy 'Claire lives in an ordinary world where everything is whole. But inside Claire is broken. The silvery notes of her music box allow her an escape from her grief into a dream-world, into Clara's world.

Clara's world has always been broken. She finds broken things to swap at the markets; she walks the treacherous route past the brown river where lone dogs prowl; she avoids the seamy side when she can, but with powerful people pulling the strings, it's not always possible.

Which world is real?

Claire's and Clara's paths are set to collide, and each has much to lose - or gain.' (Publisher's blurb)
2010 winner Best Short Story A Thousand Flowers Margo Lanagan , 2010 single work short story young adult horror
— Appears in: Zombies Vs Unicorns 2010; (p. 109-142)
2010 winner Best Novel y separately published work icon Guardian of the Dead Karen Healey , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2010 Z1677767 2010 single work novel young adult fantasy thriller 'At her boarding school in New Zealand, Ellie Spencer is like any ordinary teen: she hangs out with her best friend, Kevin; obsesses over her crush on a mysterious boy; and her biggest worry is her essay deadline. Until everything changes... In the foggy woods near the school, something ancient and deadly is waiting.' (From the publisher's website.)
2009 winner Best Short Story Seventeen Cat Sparks , 2009 single work short story science fiction
— Appears in: Masques 2009; (p. 129-142) The Bride Price 2013; (p. 103-118)
2009 winner Best Novel y separately published work icon Leviathan Scott Westerfeld , New York (City) : Simon Pulse , 2009 Z1632486 2009 single work novel young adult science fiction

'It is the cusp of World War I, and all the European powers are arming up. The Austro-Hungarians and Germans have their Clankers, steam-driven iron machines loaded with guns and ammunition. The British Darwinists employ fabricated animals as their weaponry. Their Leviathan is a whale airship, and the most masterful beast in the British fleet.

'Aleksandar Ferdinand, prince of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, is on the run. His own people have turned on him. His title is worthless. All he has is a battle-torn Stormwalker and a loyal crew of men. Deryn Sharp is a commoner, a girl disguised as a boy in the British Air Service. She's a brilliant airman. But her secret is in constant danger of being discovered. With the Great War brewing, Alek's and Deryn's paths cross in the most unexpected way ... taking them both aboard the Leviathan on a fantastical, around-the-world adventure. One that will change both their lives forever.' (From the Penguin website.)

2008 winner Best Short Story Cracks Trent Jamieson , 2007 single work short story fantasy
— Appears in: Shiny , no. 2 2007; The Year's Best Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy : Fourth Annual Volume 2008; (p. 86-97)
2008 winner Best Novel y separately published work icon Finnikin of the Rock Melina Marchetta , Camberwell : Viking , 2008 Z1535148 2008 single work novel young adult fantasy 'At the age of nine, Finnikin is warned by the gods that he must sacrifice a pound of flesh in order to save the royal house of his homeland, Lumatere. He stands on the rock of three wonders with his friend Prince Balthazar and the prince's cousin, Lucian, and together they mix their blood. And Lumatere is safe: but then the unspeakable! The King and Queen and their children are slaughtered in the palace. And an imposter king takes the throne. And a curse is put on Lumatere, which traps those caught inside and forces thousands of others to roam the land as exiles, dying of fever and persecution in foreign camps. But ten years later Finnikin is led to another rock to meet the young novice, Evanjalin. A girl plagued by dark dreams, who holds the key to their return to the land of light...' (Source: Book Jacket)
2007 winner Best Short Story A Scar for Leida Deborah Biancotti , 2007 single work short story young adult fantasy
— Appears in: Fantastic Wonder Stories 2007; (p. 115-132) Australian Dark Fantasy and Horror : The Year's Best Short Stories Volume Three 2009; (p. 81-102)
2007 winner Best Novel y separately published work icon Skyfall Anthony Eaton , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2007 Z1381093 2007 single work novel fantasy young adult Larinan Mann is an outsider, a social oddity. Born in contravention of the rules of his society, into a cold and powerful family, Lari's life seems to have no purpose. But then his only friend draws him unwittingly into the murky terror of the underworld that dwells below his feet, his father unexpectedly inducts him into the inner circle of history's most terrible secret, and Lari's world - and everything he thought he knew about it - is shattered forever. Then he meets Saria, a girl with a destiny looking over her shoulder, and together the two of them must walk into an unknown greater than anything humanity has ever faced...' - back cover
2006 winner Best Novel y separately published work icon Foundling Monster Blood Tattoo : Foundling David Cornish , Malvern : Omnibus Books , 2006 Z1265700 2006 single work children's fiction children's fantasy adventure The Half-Continent is becoming even more unsafe - monster attacks are on the rise, and every far-flung village or town is calling for help to fight them. Into this dangerous landscape the lamplighters must venture daily, keeping the roads safely lit for travellers. It is not a job for the faint-hearted, and every week there are reports of new theroscades. Foundling Rossamünd Bookchild, sworn into the Emperor's Service as a prentice lamplighter, is finding his training at Winstermill Fortress difficult and lonely. His life is further complicated by the arrival of a young wit, determined to spite her famous mother by becoming a lowly lantern-stick. As Rossamünd begins to make new friends in this sinister world, he also seems to make more enemies, finding himself pushed towards a terrible destiny, a fate beyond anything he could ever have imagined. (Source: Trove)
2006 winner Best Short Story y separately published work icon The Arrival Shaun Tan , Shaun Tan (illustrator), South Melbourne : Lothian , 2006 Z1285263 2006 single work graphic novel children's (taught in 16 units)

"The Arrival is a migrant story told as a series of wordless images that might seem to come from a long forgotten time. A man leaves his wife and child in an impoverished town, seeking better prospects in an unknown country on the other side of a vast ocean. He eventually finds himself in a bewildering city of foreign customs, peculiar animals, curious floating objects and indecipherable languages. With nothing more than a suitcase and a handful of currency, the immigrant must find a place to live, food to eat and some kind of gainful employment. He is helped along the way by sympathetic strangers, each carrying their own unspoken history: stories of struggle and survival in a world of incomprehensible violence, upheaval and hope." (Source: Shaun Tan website)

2005 winner Best Short Story y separately published work icon Nicholas Sayre and the Creature in the Case Garth Nix , London : HarperCollins Children's Books , 2005 Z1220009 2005 single work novella fantasy young adult

Nicholas Sayre and the Creature in the Case is a short story entry in Garth Nix's Old Kingdom series. Set six months after the events in the novel Abhorsen, it tells of Nicholas's encounter with a Free magic creature in Ancelstierre and his return to the Old Kingdom. The story begins with Nicholas recuperating from the injuries he received at the hands of the Destroyer. After several idle months in Ancelstierre, he is desperate to return to the Old Kingdom, so when the opportunity arrives to actually do something, he accepts immediately. As a favour to his Uncle Edward, the Chief Minister of Ancelstierre, he travels to spend the weekend in a remote country house, the home of a family which would make a good political alliance. That seems easy enough, till he discovers that the house holds many secrets, and the worst of them is a relic of the Old Kingdom, too far from the Wall for any spark of its magical life to reignite. Unless someone finds a way to unleash its power...'

2005 winner Best Novel y separately published work icon Alyzon Whitestarr Isobelle Carmody , Camberwell : Penguin , 2005 Z1222989 2005 single work novel young adult fantasy

'Alyzon Whitestarr thinks of herself as more white mouse than star, until something happens that heightens her senses, enabling her to smell people’s feelings, perceive their essences, and see flashes of their lives. She is shaken to discover that some people’s spirits are afflicted by a strange and ravenous disease which is both sentient and hungry for new hosts. Seeking to learn how the disease is transmitted, Alyzon’s investigations lead her to a mysterious entrepreneur, a secretive group of young people with a habit of violence, and ultimately back to her own beloved family, where she will learn a shattering truth about the world . . .'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2004 winner Best Novel y separately published work icon The Secret Hour Scott Westerfeld , New York (City) : EOS , 2004 Z1173949 2004 single work novel young adult fantasy
2004 winner Best Short Story Singing My Sister Down Margo Lanagan , 2004 single work short story science fiction horror fantasy (taught in 3 units)
— Appears in: Black Juice 2004; (p. 1-18) Sunset : Penguin Australian Summer Stories 2005; (p. 203-216) The Year's Best Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy : Volume 1 2005; (p. 15-26) The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Eighteenth Annual Collection 2005; (p. 337-343) Black Juice 2005; (p. 3-16) Black Juice 2006; (p. 1-16)
2003 joint winner Best Novel y separately published work icon Dragonkeeper Carole Wilkinson , Fitzroy : Black Dog Books , 2003 Z1059200 2003 single work children's fiction children's fantasy (taught in 2 units) In Ancient China during the Han Dynasty a slave girl saves the life of an ageing dragon and escapes her brutal master. Pursued by a ruthless dragon hunter, the girl and the dragon cross China, carrying with them a mysterious stone that must be protected.
2003 joint winner Best Novel y separately published work icon Abhorsen Garth Nix , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2003 Z1004257 2003 single work novel young adult adventure fantasy 'Lirael, newly come into her inheritance as the Abhorsen-in-Waiting, knows that the fate of the world is in her hands. With only a vision from the Clayr to guide her, and the uncertain help of her companions - Sam, the Disreputable Dog and Mogget - Lirael sets out on her perilous mission. The answer must be found somewhere in Life or Death - but can a former Second Assistant Librarian possibly discover the means to defeat the Destroyer ... before it is too late?'
(Source: Back cover)
2002 winner Best Novel y separately published work icon The Hand of Glory Sophie Masson , Sydney : Hodder Headline Australia , 2002 Z973514 2002 single work novel young adult mystery "Melbourne, September 1854: people from all over the world are arriving in the Victorian capital. Sylvia Hoveden, an independent and feisty English girl, has travelled to Melbourne to find her missing twin brother, feared to be in grave danger, perhaps even dead. Anje Otsoa, and undercover agent for the Governor of Esperance, has come to Melbourne to find the kidnapped French Count of Tremille. Are the two disappearances somehow related? Both Sylvia and Anje are about to be plunged into a nest of intrigue, conspiracy and danger far greater than they could have imagined. Because someone is waiting, watching ... and when that person is revealed, there's no telling what might happen..." (Book jacket)
2001 winner Best Short Story y separately published work icon Dreamwalker Isobelle Carmody , Steven Woolman (illustrator), Port Melbourne : Lothian , 2001 Z817917 2001 single work picture book young adult fantasy

'Ken’s ambition was to be a comic-book artist, one of a team that made the drawings come to life, that made the stories real. His greatest creation was the sorceress, whose deadly hungers visited sleepers and fed upon them. But one day he woke from a dream and found himself in the world of the sorceress, a world where one of his own characters, the beautiful Alyssa, claimed to have imagined him. Who was the dreamer and who was the dream?'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2001 winner Best Novel y separately published work icon The Other Face of Janus Louise Katz , Pymble : HarperCollins Australia , 2001 Z919361 2001 single work novel young adult fantasy

'Edwina Nearly has problems which range from the banal to the absurd. Her neighbours are fanatical control freaks who leave threatening letters on her doorstep. Her mother, who writes software programs by day and works as a belly dancer by night, is dating a series of unsuitable men and making herself miserable. Her brother is becoming robotic. And now her diary has developed a will of its own and is writing back to her, offering unwanted advice.

'To give herself a break, she decides to visit the Art Gallery one afternoon. There, she falls, Alice-like, into a painting, 'The Garden Of Earthly Delights', a place in which the laws of physics do not apply.

'Edwina finds that she is able to come and go between the Garden and her home in inner-city Sydney at will. All deeply weird, but also seductive, especially when she meets the beautiful and complex Janus - who looks a lot like Paul, a boy Edwina would very much like to know better. Against the advice of her prophetic diary, Edwina rushes headlong into love.

'But who is this enigmatic Janus? How can it be that he bears such an uncanny resemblance to Paul? When Janus wants to enter Edwina's world and finds his way out of the painting, he threatens to destroy Edwina and those she loves'.

Source: bookseller's website.

2000 winner Best Novel y separately published work icon Thursday's Child Sonya Hartnett , Ringwood New York (City) : Penguin , 2000 Z540722 2000 single work novel young adult (taught in 1 units) The creature held a great bundle of something tied up in a rag. For a moment we stared, not recognising him, but who else could it have been, who else but wandering Tin. We saw his naked limbs, his waxy skin, his discoloured hair, his hooking razor-sharp nails. He raised lashy eyes to us and we saw a face on its way to another world. Da murmured, "Jesus." Through the long years of the Great Depression, Harper Flute watches with a child's clear eyes her family's struggle to survive in a hot and impoverished landscape. As life on the surface grows harsher, her brother Tin escapes ever deeper into a subterranean world of darkness and troubling secrets, until his memory becomes a myth barely whispered around the countryside. (Source: Trove)
1999 winner Best Novel y separately published work icon A Dark Victory Dave Luckett , Norwood : Omnibus Books , 1999 Z472800 1999 single work novel fantasy young adult

'As the armies of Prince Nathan mass on the Moors, Will Parkin, Silvus de Castro and the sword-maidens prepare to defend Waycastle and the Order lands. Meanwhile, Nathan is pressing into service a street urchin - the girl-mage Asta - for this, the final battle. He will go to the Dark to win.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

1998 winner Best Novel y separately published work icon Singing the Dogstar Blues Alison Goodman , Pymble : HarperCollins Australia , 1998 Z429624 1998 single work novel young adult science fiction

'Joss Aaronson has two loves in her life: playing the blues and training to jump through time.

'Then Mavkel, the first alien student on Earth, selects her to be his time-travel partner and Joss’s life gets a lot more complicated. There’s an assassin on campus, an anti-alien lobby group chanting slogans, and Joss is constantly being tracked by the tight security around her new friend.

'Life with Mavkel is not all bad, though. Music-loving Joss is fascinated by him and his people, the Chorians, who communicate through song.

'But Mavkel is pining for his lost twin, and his will to live is draining away. Joss wants to help him, and that means going back to the petri dish where it all began. She’s playing with history, but if Mavkel doesn’t survive, then Joss could really be singing the blues …'

Source: Author's website.

1997 joint winner Best Novel y separately published work icon Eye to Eye Catherine Jinks , Ringwood : Penguin , 1997 Z554265 1997 single work novel young adult science fiction
1997 winner Best Short Fiction y separately published work icon The Twist in the Tale Ruth Starke , Port Melbourne : Lothian , 1997 Z245345 1997 single work novella young adult horror 'A school project on ageing has Gemma worried about how old her parents are looking, until she discovers a recipe for eternal youth. But when her experiments start going wrong, she learns that the secret of living forever can extract a price.'
Source: Publisher's blurb
1997 joint winner Best Novel y separately published work icon Greylands Isobelle Carmody , Ringwood : Puffin , 1997 Z146394 1997 single work children's fiction children's fantasy '"After a long, long moment, the sound faded, though the air seemed still to throb with the awful anguish of it. 'What was that?' he whispered."

'One wakeful night in the aftermath of his mother's death, Jack enters a land devoid of colour or scent.

'Here he meets the tragic laughing beast and Alice, a strange girl with a secret.

'Will Jack escape before the terrifying wolvers find him?

'Or is he destined to be trapped in the Greylands forever?

'Only the cats know ...' (From the Ford Street website.)
1996 winner Best Short Story Green Monkey Dreams Isobelle Carmody , 1996 single work short story young adult
— Appears in: Green Monkey Dreams : Stories 1996; (p. 197-210)
1996 joint winner Best Novel y separately published work icon The Broken Wheel Kerry Greenwood , Pymble : HarperCollins Australia , 1996 Z121483 1996 single work novel young adult science fiction Best known for her Phryne Fisher mystery novels, Greenwood turns her hand to SF in The Broken Wheel, a story set in a post-apocalyptic Australia and in which a medieval way of life has re-established law and order

[Source: Colin Steele, SF Commentary No 77, p.55]

1996 joint winner Best Novel y separately published work icon Mirror, Mirror : An Adventure Through Time Hilary Bell , Sydney : Hodder Headline , 1996 Z121380 1996 single work novel young adult fantasy
1995 joint winner Best Novel y separately published work icon Deucalion Brian Caswell , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1995 Z566701 1995 single work novel young adult science fiction Across light years of space, millions of settlers have come to the planet Deucalion to escape their past and build their future. Deucalion is a source of great wealth and a chance for a new beginning. But what does this mean for the Elokoi, who lived there first, or for the children of "Icarus", who made the journey for a very different reason? And why are people dying mysteriously?
1995 joint winner Best Novel y separately published work icon Sabriel Garth Nix , Sydney : HarperCollins Australia , 1995 Z822173 1995 single work novel young adult fantasy (taught in 2 units) Sabriel, daughter of the necromancer Abhorsen, must journey into the mysterious and magical Old Kingdom to rescue her father from the Land of the Dead.
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