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Winners

2018 winner y separately published work icon The Endsister Penni Russon , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2018 12247047 2018 single work children's fiction children's fantasy horror

'Unforgettable characters, chaotic family life and an intriguing ghost story combine in this funny, absorbing tale of a family who inherit a mansion on the other side of the world.

'I know what an endsister is,' says Sibbi again.
We are endsisters, Else thinks, Sibbi and I. 
Bookends, oldest and youngest, with the three boys sandwiched in between.

'Meet the Outhwaite children. There's teenage Else, the violinist who abandons her violin. There's nature-loving Clancy. There's the inseparable twins, Oscar-and-Finn, Finn-and-Oscar. And then there is Sibbi, the baby of the family. They all live contentedly squabbling in a cottage surrounded by trees and possums...until a letter arrives to say they have inherited the old family home in London.

'Outhwaite House is full of old shadows and new possibilities. The boys quickly find their feet in London, and Else is hoping to reinvent herself. But Sibbi is misbehaving, growing thinner and paler by the day, and she won't stop talking about the mysterious endsister. Meanwhile Almost Annie and Hardly Alice, the resident ghosts, are tied to the house for reasons they have long forgotten, watching the world around them change, but never leaving.

'The one thing they all agree on - the living and the dead - is never, ever to open the attic door...'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2017 winner y separately published work icon Nevermoor : The Trials of Morrigan Crow Jessica Townsend , Sydney : Lothian Children's Books , 2017 11160400 2017 single work children's fiction children's fantasy

'Morrigan Crow is cursed. Having been born on Eventide, the unluckiest day for any child to be born, she's blamed for all local misfortunes, from hailstorms to heart attacks–and, worst of all, the curse means that Morrigan is doomed to die at midnight on her eleventh birthday. But as Morrigan awaits her fate, a strange and remarkable man named Jupiter North appears. Chased by black-smoke hounds and shadowy hunters on horseback, he whisks her away into the safety of a secret, magical city called Nevermoor. It's then that Morrigan discovers Jupiter has chosen her to contend for a place in the city's most prestigious organisation: the Wundrous Society. In order to join, she must compete in four difficult and dangerous trials against hundreds of other children, each boasting an extraordinary talent that sets them apart–an extraordinary talent that Morrigan insists she does not have. To stay in the safety of Nevermoor for good, Morrigan will need to find a way to pass the tests–or she'll have to leave the city to confront her deadly fate.' (Publication summary)

2016 winner y separately published work icon When the Lyrebird Calls Kim Kane , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2016 10400565 2016 single work children's fiction children's fantasy

'When Madeleine is shipped off to stay with her eccentric grandmother for the holidays, she expects the usual: politics, early-morning yoga, extreme health food, and lots of hard work. Instead, Madeleine tumbles back in time to 1900, where the wealthy Williamson family takes her into their home, Lyrebird Muse...

'At a time when young girls have no power and no voice, set against a backdrop of the struggles for emancipation, federation and Aboriginal rights, Madeleine must find a way to fit in with the Williamson family's four sisters - beautiful, cold Bea; clever, awkward Gert; adventurous, rebellious Charlie; and darling baby Imo - as she searches desperately for a way home...

'Meanwhile, the Williamson girls' enchanting German cousin, Elfriede, arrives on the scene on a heavenly wave of smoke and cinnamon, and threatens to shatter everything....'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2015 winner y separately published work icon A Single Stone Megan McKinlay , Newtown : Walker Books Australia , 2015 8215172 2015 single work novel young adult fantasy (taught in 1 units)

'Strong-willed Jena lives in a village shrouded in superstition and secrets. Like all the other girls, she has been bound and broken since birth to make her small enough to gather precious mica, which keeps her people warm in winter. But after a tragic accident, Jena starts questioning everything she's ever been told, and the truth will have consequences she cannot predict - for everybody. This beautifully written, haunting novel warns of the consequences of blind following, and shows the important difference between appearance and truth. This is award-winning McKinlay's best yet.' (Publication summary)

2014 winner Best Children's Fiction y separately published work icon Shadow Sister Carole Wilkinson , Newtown : Walker Books Australia , 2014 6729889 2014 single work children's fiction children's fantasy

'Tao is learning to be a dragonkeeper. With no one to teach him it is not easy. He must keep Kai safe but there is danger at every turn - they are pursued by a gang of murderous nomads, tricked by unseen spirits, attacked by a giant seven-headed snake and disoriented in the realms of the dead. Most terrifying of all is the ghost who can turn blood into ice.' (Publication summary)

2013 winner y separately published work icon The Four Seasons of Lucy McKenzie Kirsty Murray , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2013 6169772 2013 single work children's fiction children's fantasy

'The room was full of moon shadows and dancing light. But it was the wall around the window that Lucy couldn't stop staring at, the one with the painting of Spring. It was as bright as a sunny day and the tiny yellow flowers that covered the fields were moving, as if a breeze had blown through the painting and set all the petals dancing.

'Lucy McKenzie can walk through walls. Sent to stay with her Aunt Big in a hidden valley, Lucy discovers the old house is full of mysteries. One hot night, she hears a voice calling from inside a painting on the dining-room wall...

'On the other side of the painting, Lucy meets three children. Together they race horses through the bush, battle fires and floods, and make friendships that will last a lifetime. But who are April, Tom and Jimmy Tiger, and what magic has drawn Lucy to them?' (Publisher's blurb)

2012 winner Best Children's Fiction (Told Primarily Through Pictures) y separately published work icon Little Elephants Graeme Base , Graeme Base (illustrator), Melbourne : Viking , 2012 Z1891881 2012 single work picture book children's 'The wheat is ripe, but the harvester is broken and a plague of locusts is on the way. It looks as if Jim and his mother may lose the farm. But when Jim show kindness to a stranger, their fortunes are set to change in the most surprising way imaginable!' (From the publisher's website.)
2012 winner Best Children's Fiction (Told Primarily Through Words) y separately published work icon The Hunters John Flanagan , North Sydney : Random House Australia , 2012 Z1903060 2012 single work children's fiction children's historical fiction With Zavac and his ship, the Raven, well ahead of the Heron, Hal has a huge task ahead of him in finding the pirate - and retrieving the precious artefact Zavac stole from the Skandians. The Heron brotherband must undertake a long and dangerous river journey to hunt their prey. But even if they survive the journey, are they ready to confront Zavac in his lair? (Libraries Australia)
2011 winner Best children's Fiction (Told Primarily through Pictures) y separately published work icon Sounds Spooky Chris Cheng , Sarah Davis (illustrator), North Sydney : Random House Australia , 2011 Z1819713 2011 single work picture book children's 'In a rickety old house, spooky sounds fill the air. Crashing and slamming; Snarling and hissing; Creaking and mumbling. Who...or what...is making them? I'm not scared. Are you? Filled with onomatopoeia this book with a delightfully spooky twist will have young readers listening for those spooky sounds and chanting, 'What's that noise that I can hear? I'm not scared!'' (Publisher's blurb)
2011 winner Best Childrens Fiction (Told Primarily through Words) y separately published work icon City of Lies Lian Tanner , New York (City) : Delacorte Press , 2011 Z1790161 2011 single work children's fiction children's adventure fantasy 'A gripping fantasy adventure: the exciting sequel to Museum of Thieves. Six months have passed since the Great Storm, and Goldie Roth is trapped at home again, this time by the invisible chains of love and guilt. But when Toadspit's sister Bonnie is abducted by a mysterious criminal called Harrow, Goldie must leave home in a bold attempt to rescue her friends ...

In the last few months she had had more than a dozen messages from the museum, asking when she was going to take up her position as Fifth Keeper. Tonight she would reply. 'Never.'

Goldie Roth is a trained thief and a skilful liar. She's supposed to be one of the keepers of the mysterious Museum of Dunt, along with her friend Toadspit. But although she desperately wants to be a keeper, her parents are ill and she will not leave them. Then Toadspit's sister Bonnie is stolen, and Goldie is forced into action. She and Toadspit follow the child-stealers to the neighbouring city of Spoke. Along the way, Toadspit is also captured, and Goldie discovers some dangerous secrets - secrets that the child-stealers will kill to protect. She will need all her skills as a thief and a liar if she is to survive and save her friends. But survive she must. Because the Fugleman has returned to Jewel, and the Fifth Keeper will soon be needed more than ever ...' (Publisher's blurb)
2010 winner Told Primarily through Words y separately published work icon Museum of Thieves Lian Tanner , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2010 Z1727356 2010 single work children's fiction children's adventure fantasy 'Goldie Roth lives in the city of Jewel, where impatience is a sin and boldness is a crime. But Goldie is both bold and impatient. She runs away to the mysterious Museum of Dunt, where she meets a boy named Toadspit and discovers dangerous secrets. A monstrous brizzlehound stalks the museum's corridors, and only a thief can find the way through its strange, shifting rooms. Goldie and Toadspit have a talent for thieving. Which is just as well, because the treacherous Fugleman has his own plans for the museum, plans that threaten the lives of everyone Goldie loves. And it will take a very bold thief to stop him.' (From the publisher's website.)
2010 winner Told Primarily through Pictures y separately published work icon The Boy and the Toy Sonya Hartnett , Lucia Masciullo (illustrator), Camberwell : Viking , 2010 Z1674836 2010 single work picture book children's

'One day a man invented the best toy in the world. He gave the toy to his son. The boy thought the toy was marvellous. It could do anything!

'But as time passed, the boy started to wonder about the toy. Was it really the best toy in the world?' (From the publisher's website.)

2009 winner Best Illustrated Work/Picture Book y separately published work icon Victor's Challenge Pamela Freeman , Newtown : Walker Books Australia , 2009 Z1517379 2009 single work children's fiction children's 'Prince Victor and Valerian want to get married. But Victor, in his own unusual way, must pass three seemingly impossible tests of bravery, endurance and cleverness. Victor must go back into the Dark Forest of Nevermore to battle a fiery man-eating dragon, retrieve an armband from the peak of a wizard's glass mountain, and uncover a tail feather from the rarest bird in the world.' (Publisher's blurb)
2009 winner Best Children's (8-12 Years) Novel y separately published work icon A Ghost In My Suitcase Gabrielle Wang , Camberwell : Puffin , 2009 Z1582935 2009 single work children's fiction children's fantasy

A Ghost In My Suitcase begins with the twelve year old protagonist, Celeste LaClaire, flying unaccompanied to China in order to return her mother's ashes to her homeland. She is met by her grandmother who is a ghost hunter and the story revolves around the cultural differences Celeste encounters as she journeys to her mother's birthplace.

The story also tells of Celeste's quest for the truth about her father, an artist who has 'lost' his creative soul, as well as the friendship that gradually develops between herself and her grandmother's adopted child Ting Ting. The multi-layered story is segmented into 27 short chapters and includes a number of pencil and charcoal drawings by Wang.

2008 winner Best Illustrated Work/Picture Book y separately published work icon Wolf Kingdom Richard Harland , 2008 Malvern : Omnibus Books , 2008- Z1500329 2008 series - author children's fiction children's fantasy
2008 winner Best Long Fiction y separately published work icon The Wizard of Rondo Emily Rodda , Malvern : Omnibus Books , 2008 Z1539305 2007-2010 single work children's fiction children's fantasy Leo and Mimi return to Rondo determined to stay out of trouble and away from their old enemy the Blue Queen. On meeting with their old friends, the two Langlanders discover that much has changed since their last visit. Bertha, the model pig, has become a local celebrity and the slippery Spoiler seems to have vanished. When the Quest team are offered a job in nearby Hobnox to investigate the mysterious disappearance of the Wizard Bing and prove that Simon, Bing's one time apprentice turned giant mushroom, is innocent, Leo and Mimi are quickly caught up in the case. But something sinister is lurking in the skies above Hobnox. The legendary Strix's castle has been sighted a mystical cloud palace where the Strix's victims are forever imprisoned and the Quest team suspect it has something to do with their investigation. Despite their good intentions, Leo and Mimi soon find themselves knee deep in trouble and sinking fast. (Source: LibrariesAustralia)
2007 joint winner Short Fiction y separately published work icon World of Monsters Marc McBride , Gosford : Scholastic Australia , 2007 Z1454743 2007 single work children's fiction children's fantasy Joint winner with Briony Stewart's 'Kumiko and the Dragon'
2007 joint winner Short Fiction y separately published work icon Kumiko and the Dragon Briony Stewart , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2007 Z1423101 2007 single work children's fiction children's fantasy adventure (taught in 1 units) 'Kumiko doesn't like going to bed. She can't sleep. The reason she can't sleep is the giant dragon that sits outside her bedroom window every single night. So one night she plucks up the courage to ask the dragon to leave, not knowing that the truth she is about to discover is more thrilling than anything she could ever have imagined.' (Publisher's blurb) Joint winner with Marc McBride's 'World of Monsters'
2007 joint winner Long Fiction y separately published work icon The Butterfly in Amber Kate Forsyth , Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 2007 Z1439475 2007 single work children's fiction children's adventure historical fiction 'Once there was a gypsy queen who wore on her wrist a chain of six lucky charms. The queen gave each her six children one of the charms as their lucky talisman, but ever since the chain of charms was broken, the gypsies had been dogged with misfortune. Life for the Finch tribe has gone even more horribly wrong. They have been accused of vagrancy and murder, and thrown into gaol with only three weeks to live. The only members of the family to escape are 13-year-old Emilia and her cousin Luka. They have been entrusted to find the six charms and bring them together again. Then, perhaps, the gypsies could once again have some luck... and the Finch tribe could walk free. What Emilia and Luka do not realise is that there is a price to be paid for each lucky charm, and that the cost may prove too high...' (Publisher's blurb)
2007 joint winner Long Fiction y separately published work icon The Lightning Bolt Kate Forsyth , Sydney : Macmillan (Pan Macmillan Australia) , 2007 Z1421666 2007 single work children's fiction children's adventure historical fiction

'Sussex was the first county secured by the Roundheads because of its iron foundries. Here in the Weald, the Smith tribe are working for Parliament, making cannons and weaponry.

'They have prospered under Cromwell's rule, and have no interest in old gypsy charms. And it is here where Luka and Emilia must find the fifth charm, a finely-wrought lightning bolt, and amidst the smoke and noise of the Horsmonden foundry, the gypsy children run into old friends... and old enemies.' (Publication summary)

2007 joint winner Long Fiction y separately published work icon The Cat's Eye Shell Kate Forsyth , Sydney : Macmillan (Pan Macmillan Australia) , 2007 Z1421661 2007 single work children's fiction children's adventure historical fiction

'Having acquired the first three charms in the quest to secure their family's freedom, Luka and Emilia flee into Sussex with soldiers hot on their heels, in company with a Royalist duke, a Catholic priest, a highwayman and young Tom Whitehorse.

'Only the Catholic underground can help them all escape – but this is a most dangerous religion in the time of Puritan rule. And Emilia and Luka still must find the elusive gypsy tribe of the cat's eye shell, who, it seems, have turned to smuggling...' (Publication summary)

2007 joint winner Long Fiction y separately published work icon The Herb of Grace Kate Forsyth , Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 2007 Z1359586 2007 single work children's fiction children's adventure historical fiction

'Luka and Emilia must travel to the New Forest to find the Wood tribe, whose charm is a rue flower, the herb of grace. Its power is that of plants and herbs - which can both heal and poison.

'On the way, the two children tangle with an impoverished widow, the thief-taker Coldham, a highwayman and a witch, and find themselves caught up in a Royalist plot to restore King Charles II to his throne.' (Publication summary)

2007 joint winner Long Fiction y separately published work icon The Silver Horse Kate Forsyth , Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 2006 Z1314752 2006 single work children's fiction children's historical fiction adventure

Emilia and her cousin Luka have the gypsy crown, and are travelling with their menagerie in search of the Hearne tribe. They hope that 'this family, to whom they will soon be related, will surely help release their kin from gaol.

'Luka and Emilia find the Hearnes horseracing on the Downs above Epsom. But Emilia must compete to win their support. Will she have to give up her beloved mare in exchange for the Hearne family's charm - a small silver horse? And can they escape Coldham again?' (Publication summary)

2006 joint winner Short Fiction y separately published work icon Woolvs in the Sitee Margaret Wild , Anne Spudvilas (illustrator), Camberwell : Penguin , 2005 Z1266927 2005 single work picture book children's

'In a mostly abandoned city, Ben lives in a musty basement room, terrified of the "woolvs" that dwell in the shadows outside, with only an upstairs neighbor, Mrs. Radinski, to help him cope with his fears.' (Publication summary)

2006 joint winner Short Fiction y separately published work icon The True Story of Mary Who Wanted to Stand on Her Head Jane Godwin , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2005 Z1229435 2005 single work children's fiction children's

'This thought-provoking story is about a girl who is a little unusual. Mary has the urge to stand on her head. Her parents try everything to get her to live a normal life standing up. They send her to a doctor who tries to get her to stand upright by placing her feet in a locked box and tying helium balloons to her hands. The doctor suggests to the parents that they take her out to the desert and leave her there until she learns to stay on her feet. After a while her parents go out to get her and bring her back to attend school. Because she doesn’t obey the rule of ‘never stand on your head’ she is expelled. Luckily Hugh the camel is waiting outside and he takes her back to the desert where she makes new friends, a large lizard Mary called Mister and a charming marsupial mouse named Edwina-Marie. Mary’s life feels complete with her new soul mates.' (Publication summary)

2006 winner Novel y separately published work icon Melissa, Queen of Evil Mardi McConnochie , Sydney : Pan , 2006 Z1271613 2006 single work children's fiction children's
2005 winner Short Fiction y separately published work icon The Disastrous Party Stephen Axelsen , Milsons Point : Random House Australia , 2005 Z1229993 2005 single work children's fiction children's fantasy

'Great Aunt Annabelle has miraculously passed her very messy inspection and can stay on as Piccolo's guardian angel. But chaotic Annabelle has a new-found passion for entering and winning competitions. Will she even notice if Piccolo is in trouble?

'And trouble soon finds Piccolo. When Annabelle wins a grand party, Piccolo is enchanted by a beautiful uninvited guest. Is she friend or foe, angel or enemy, or just confused?' (Publication summary)

2005 winner Long Fiction y separately published work icon Drowned Wednesday Garth Nix , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2005 Z1167123 2005 single work children's fiction children's fantasy "Arthur Penhaligon has a broken leg and a bad attack of asthma, but there's no time for recovery. Drowned Wednesday has sent a ship to pluck him from the safety of his bed, miles from any ocean, and sail him back to the House. From hospital room to the high seas, Arthur must battle pirates, storms, monsters made of Nothing and a vast beast that can't stop eating. Arthur struggles to unravel the mystery of the Architect's disappearance, and the plotting of the Trustees. For the sake of all that dwell in the Secondary realms, he must discover the third part of the Will and claim the Third Key. But first... can Arthur trust the Raised Rats? Where are Leaf and Suzy? And how will he survive life aboard ship on the treacherous Border Sea?" (Source: Allen & Unwin)
2004 winner Short Fiction y separately published work icon Beneath the Surface Gary Crew , Steven Woolman (illustrator), Sydney : Hodder Headline Australia , 2004 Z1118127 2004 single work picture book mystery children's

'The mist lifted the moment he stepped through. And there was the watertower at the summit. His watertower This was what he had come for.

'In the award-winning book The Watertower, readers were introduced to the small town of Preston and the old watertower that stands outside the town. It is a place where Bubba and Spiro go to play and swim. But what lurks in the deep waters? Why are the townspeople changing? In Beneath the Surface, Spiro, now a doctor of science, returns to uncover the mystery and to find an explanation for the nightmares that haunt him. What he discovers will change his life forever.' (Publication summary)

2004 winner Long Fiction y separately published work icon How to Live Forever Colin Thompson , Milsons Point : Random House , 2004 Z1137693 2004 single work children's fiction children's fantasy
2003 winner Short Fiction y separately published work icon Lily Quench and the Lighthouse of Skellig Mor Natalie Jane Prior , Sydney : Hodder Children's Books , 2003 Z1038613 2003 single work children's fiction children's adventure fantasy In their ongoing quest to find a way to close the Eye Stones and secure the land of Ashby from time-traveling invaders, Lily Quench and her friend Dragon Queen visit a group of mysterious islands where they befriend a lighthouse keeper and find a clue in a book with magical properties.(Libraries Australia record).
2003 winner Long Fiction y separately published work icon Mister Monday Garth Nix , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2003 Z1066371 2003 single work children's fiction children's fantasy (taught in 1 units) 'Arthur Penhaligon is not supposed to be a hero. He is supposed to die an early death. But then he is saved by a key shaped like the minute hand of a clock. Arthur is safe - but his world is not. Along with the key comes a plague brought by bizarre creatures from another realm. A stranger named Mister Monday, his avenging messengers with blood-stained wings, and an army of dog-faced Fetchers will stop at nothing to get the key back - even if it means destroying Arthur and everything around him.'
(Source: Back cover)
2002 winner Best Short Fiction y separately published work icon Tashi and the Haunted House Anna Fienberg , Barbara Fienberg , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2002 Z983512 2002 selected work children's fiction children's "When Tashi finds poor Ning Jing hiding from her nasty Cousin Bu Li, Tashi thinks up a very spooky plan to scare him right out of the forest, and when two mysterious strangers appear in the village square, Tashi knows the demons are back." (Back cover)
2002 winner Best Long Fiction y separately published work icon The Garden of Empress Cassia Gabrielle Wang , Ringwood : Puffin , 2002 Z981472 2002 single work children's fiction children's fantasy 'When Mimi is given a box of magical pastels, she discovers that she can draw the Garden of Empress Cassia – a drawing so beautiful and real that people are transported inside it. But the pastels are ancient, mysterious and powerful, and in the wrong hands can be very dangerous . . .'. Source: publisher's website.
2001 winner Best Short Fiction y separately published work icon The Cafe on Callisto Jackie French , Sarah Baron (illustrator), Mascot : Koala Books , 2001 Z917141 2001 single work children's fiction children's science fiction
2001 winner Best Long Fiction y separately published work icon Candle Iron Sally Odgers , Pymble : Angus and Robertson , 2001 Z945698 2001 single work children's fiction children's fantasy adventure
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