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Latest Winners / Recipients

Year: 2021

winner y separately published work icon Aster’s Good, Right Things Kate Gordon , Manly : Yellow Brick Books , 2020 20492755 2020 single work children's fiction children's

'Aster attends a school for gifted kids, but she doesn’t think she’s special at all. If she was, her mother wouldn’t have left. And if she isn’t careful, everyone else will leave her too.

'Each day Aster must do a good, right thing – a challenge she sets herself, to make someone else’s life better. Nobody can know about her ‘things’, because then they won’t count. And if she doesn’t do them, she knows everything will go wrong.
Then she meets Xavier. He wears princess pajamas and has his own kind of special missions to make life better. When they do these missions together, Aster feels free…but if she stops doing her good, right things will everything fall apart?' (Publication summary)

Year: 2020

winner y separately published work icon The Little Wave Pip Harry , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2019 15423250 2019 single work children's fiction children's

'When a Manly school sets out to bring a country class to the city for a beach visit, three very different kids find each other and themselves.

'Noah is fearless in the surf. Being at the beach makes him feel free. So where does his courage go when his best mate pushes him around?

'Lottie loves collecting facts about bugs, but she wishes her dad would stop filling their lonely house with junk. She doesn’t know what to do about it.

'Jack wants to be a cricket star, but first he has to get to school and look after his little sister. Especially if he wants to go on the class trip and see the ocean for the first time.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

Year: 2019

winner y separately published work icon His Name Was Walter Emily Rodda , Sydney South : HarperCollins Australia , 2018 13534394 2018 single work children's fiction children's

'While on a history excursion, an ill-assorted group of four kids and their teacher are left on a country road when their minibus breaks down. At the suggestion of a friendly tow-truck driver, the five take shelter in a nearby old, deserted mansion. There they find a little old desk with a secret drawer. Inside the drawer is a book containing a handwritten story and a series of vivid, strangely lifelike paintings. The book is called His Name Was Walter.

'The story begins: 'Once upon a time, in a dark city far away, there lived a boy called Walter, who had nothing but his name to call his own.' And so begins the tale of Walter - his lonely childhood, his flight from the haunted streets of the city, his discovery of Magda the witch, his quest to find Magda's lost daughter, and his meeting with the love of his life, the mysterious, tragic girl he calls Sparrow.

'As the night closes in around them and the story of Walter and Sparrow unfolds, the kids read it avidly.. Slowly the outer and inner stories begin to mesh. Slowly the story of Walter draws the five members of the group together. And in the end every one of the five plays a vital role in the uncovering of the truth.'

Source: Publilsher's blurb.

Year: 2018

winner y separately published work icon How to Bee Bren MacDibble , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2017 10212727 2017 single work children's fiction children's

'Sometimes bees get too big to be up in the branches, sometimes they fall and break their bones. This week both happened and Foreman said, 'Tomorrow we'll find two new bees.'

'Peony lives with her sister and grandfather on a fruit farm outside the city. In a world where real bees are extinct, the quickest, bravest kids climb the fruit trees and pollinate the flowers by hand. All Peony really wants is to be a bee. Life on the farm is a scrabble, but there is enough to eat and a place to sleep, and there is love. Then Peony's mother arrives to take her away from everything she has ever known, and all Peony's grit and quick thinking might not be enough to keep her safe.

'How To Bee is a beautiful and fierce novel for younger readers, and the voice of Peony will stay with you long after you read the last page.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

Year: 2017

winner y separately published work icon Rockhopping Trace Balla , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2016 9192731 2016 single work graphic novel children's

'Join Clancy and Uncle Egg on a rambling, rockhopping adventure in Gariwerd (the Grampians), to find the source of the Glenelg River. A story about following your flow, and the unexpected places you may go.' (Publication summary)

winner y separately published work icon A Most Magical Girl Karen Foxlee , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2016 9771490 2016 single work children's fiction children's fantasy

'Magical machines, wizards, witches, mysterious underworlds, a race against time - and two most magical girls on an unforgettable adventure.

'Annabel Grey has been brought up to be a very proper Victorian young lady. But being 'proper' isn't always easy - especially when you can sometimes see marvellous (as well as terrifying) things in puddles. But parlour tricks such as these are nothing compared to the world that Annabel is about to enter...

'After the rather sudden departure of her mother, Annabel is sent to live with her aunts. They claim to be Shoreditch witches, and from a very old family line of them too. They're keen to introduce Annabel to their world of transformation, potions and flying broomsticks (which seem to have strong personalities of their own) but are horrified when Annabel announces not only does she not know any magic, young ladies shouldn't believe in such things. But before Annabel has time to decide whether she does or not, she is swept into an urgent quest.

'The trees of Highgate have been whispering to Kitty - an extraordinary urchin of a girl, who Annabel's aunts seem very fond of - and so have the fairies. They talk of a terrible, dark magic that wants to devour all of London. And of a most magical girl who might be able to stop it...

'This sparkling and enchanting story is sure to bewitch you, so curl up in front of the fire, and prepare to be swept away...' (Publication summary)

Works About this Award

Judges Comments on the Winner and Honour Books : Younger Readers 2014 single work column
— Appears in: Reading Time , August 2014;
Author Makes a Name for Herself Penny Moodie , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 22 August 2009; (p. 4)
Younger Readers Elizabeth Fensham , 2006 single work column
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of The Children's Book Council of Australia , November vol. 50 no. 4 2006; (p. 5-6)
Younger Readers Sonya Hartnett , 2005 single work column
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , November vol. 49 no. 4 2005; (p. 3)