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Winners

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.

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.

2017 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)

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)

2016 winner y separately published work icon Soon Morris Gleitzman , Melbourne : Penguin , 2015 8607248 2015 single work novel young adult war literature (taught in 1 units)

'I hoped the Nazis would be defeated.

And they were.

'I hoped the war would be over.

And it was.

'I hoped we would be safe.

But we aren't.

'Soon continues the incredibly moving story of Felix, a Jewish boy still struggling to survive in the wake of the liberation of Poland after the end of World War Two.' (Publication summary)

2015 winner y separately published work icon The Cleo Stories : The Necklace and The Present Libby Gleeson , Freya Blackwood (illustrator), Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2014 7589106 2014 selected work picture book children's

'Cleo desperately wants a necklace. Her parents say special presents are only for birthdays...but Cleo doesn't want to wait. In the second story, it's her mum's birthday and Cleo doesn't know what to give her - until she has the best idea of all.

'Delightful, warm and irresistible, these stories show how a little girl with a big imagination can always find a way to have fun.' (Publication summary)

2014 winner y separately published work icon A Very Unusual Pursuit Catherine Jinks , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2013 Z1905113 2013 single work children's fiction children's fantasy historical fiction 'Monsters have been infesting London's dark places for centuries, eating every child who gets too close. That's why ten-year-old Birdie McAdam works for Alfred Bunce, the bogler. With her beautiful voice and dainty looks, Birdie is the bait that draws bogles from their lairs so that Alfred can kill them.

'One life-changing day, Alfred and Birdie are approached by two very different women. Sarah Pickles runs a local gang of pickpockets, three of whom have disappeared. Edith Eames is an educated lady who's studying the mythical beasts of English folklore. Both of them threaten the only life Birdie's ever known.

'But Birdie soon realises she needs Miss Eames's help to save her master, defeat Sarah Pickles, and vanquish an altogether nastier villain.' (From the publisher's website.)
2013 winner y separately published work icon The Children of the King Sonya Hartnett , Camberwell : Penguin , 2012 Z1836171 2012 single work children's fiction children's 'Three children have been sent to live in the countryside, safe from the war in London. When they find two boys hiding in a castle, the past and future come together to make an extraordinary adventure.

A hauntingly beautiful story from one of Australia's most acclaimed writers for adults and children.' (Publisher's blurb)
2012 winner y separately published work icon Crow Country Kate Constable , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2011 Z1809112 2011 single work children's fiction children's adventure fantasy (taught in 2 units) 'Beginning and ending, always the same, always now. The game, the story, the riddle, hiding and seeking. Crow comes from this place; this place comes from Crow. And Crow has work for you.

'Sadie isn't thrilled when her mother drags her from the city to live in the country town of Boort. But soon she starts making connections - connections with the country, with the past, with two boys, Lachie and Walter, and, most surprisingly, with the ever-present crows.

'When Sadie is tumbled back in time to view a terrible crime, she is pulled into a strange mystery. Can Sadie, Walter and Lachie figure out a way to right old wrongs, or will they be condemned to repeat them?' (From the publisher's website.)
2011 winner y separately published work icon The Red Wind Isobelle Carmody , Camberwell : Viking , 2010 Z1713438 2010 single work children's fiction children's adventure

'In this captivating first book, brothers Zluty and Bily live happily in their little house in the desert. Every year Zluty journeys to the great forest while Bily stays to tend their desert home. And every year Zluty returns with exciting tales of his adventures.

'But then a devastating red wind sweeps across the land destroying everything in its path. And each brother must fight for his survival.' (From the publisher's website.)

2010 winner y separately published work icon Darius Bell and the Glitter Pool Odo Hirsch , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2009 Z1568596 2009 single work children's fiction children's 'The Bell family's ancestors were showered with honours, gifts and grants of land. In exchange, they have bestowed a Gift, once every 25 years, on the town. The Gifts have ranged from a statue to a bell tower with stained-glass windows, but now it's Darius's father's turn - and there is no money for an impressive gift. It looks as though a wheelbarrow full of vegetables is the best they can do. Darius is determined to preserve the family honour, and when an earthquake reveals a glorious cave, with the most beautiful minerals lining the walls, he thinks he's found the answer...' (Publisher's blurb)
2009 winner y separately published work icon Perry Angel's Suitcase Glenda Millard , Sydney : ABC Books , 2008 Z1508894 2008 single work children's fiction children's 'It has taken Perry Angel almost seven years to find the place where he belongs. Perry arrives at the Kingdom of Silk one day on the 10.30 express, carrying only a small and shabby suitcase embossed with five golden letters. What do those letters mean? And why won't Perry let go of his case? This is a gentle and moving story about finding your place in the world.' (Supplied by the publisher)
2008 winner y separately published work icon Dragon Moon Carole Wilkinson , Fitzroy : Black Dog Books , 2007 Z1365380 2007 single work children's fiction children's fantasy (taught in 1 units)

'Ancient China. Han Dynasty. Ping and Kai have travelled far, but their journey is not yet over. Danger stalks them. Ping must find Kai a safe place. But how?

'When a hidden message from Danzi makes the way clear, Ping knows that once again the journey of a thousand li begins with a single step.' (Publisher's blurb)

2007 winner y separately published work icon Being Bee Catherine Bateson , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2006 Z1318136 2006 single work children's fiction children's Since Bee's mother died, it'd been just her, her dad, and her guinea pigs, Lulu and Fifi. Nothing stays the same forever though and when Jazzi moves in, bringing with her a whole new way of looking at things and a whole lot of secrets, Bee knows life is going to be different from now on. (Back cover)
2006 winner y separately published work icon Helicopter Man Elizabeth Fensham , London : Bloomsbury Children's Books , 2005 Z1204394 2005 single work children's fiction children's (taught in 1 units)

A twelve-year-old boy cares for his mentally ill father.

2005 winner y separately published work icon The Silver Donkey : A Novel for Children Sonya Hartnett , Camberwell : Penguin , 2004 Z1153478 2004 single work children's fiction children's (taught in 1 units) In France during World War I, four French children learn about honesty, loyalty, and courage from an English army deserter who tells them a series of stories related to his small, silver donkey charm. (Source: Trove)
2004 winner 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 winner y separately published work icon Rain May and Captain Daniel Stranded in Boringsville Catherine Bateson , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2002 Z985181 2002 single work children's fiction children's Rain May and her mum escape their old inner-city life for a dream house in the country. But there are more than a few surprises in store - like discovering a platypus or the fun of fridge poetry and phenomenally bright eleven-year-old, Captain Daniel, who lives next door. Together these unlike friends adventure where no one has gone before. (Source: Trove)
2002 winner Younger Readers y separately published work icon My Dog John Heffernan , Andrew McLean (illustrator), Hunters Hill : Margaret Hamilton Books , 2000 Z796096 2000 single work picture book children's Alija's only companion is his dog, but his optimism and courage in the face of adversity and loneliness is touching and inspiring. This extraordinary book deals with the tragedy of Bosnia and the reality of ethnic cleansing and civil war for civilians.
2001 winner y separately published work icon Two Hands Together Diana Kidd , Ringwood : Puffin , 2000 Z795791 2000 single work children's fiction children's

'When the Rileys move in next door, Lily and Ella become the best of friends. But Lily can't understand why her Dad doesn't like the Rileys. Why doesn't he want them to go over there? Why is he being so horrible and mean? Does something big have to happen to change his mind?'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2000 winner y separately published work icon Hitler's Daughter Jackie French , Pymble : HarperCollins , 1999 Z15341 1999 single work children's fiction children's (taught in 2 units) After hearing a fictional tale about Hitler's daughter, Mark wonders what it would be like if someone he loved and trusted turned out to be evil.
1999 winner y separately published work icon My Girragundji Meme McDonald , Boori Pryor , St Leonards : Allen and Unwin , 1998 Z834922 1998 single work children's fiction children's humour (taught in 8 units) 'Alive with humour, this is the vivid story of a boy growing up between two worlds. With Girragundji, the little green tree frog, he finds the courage to face the Hairyman, the bullies at school, and also learns the lessons of manhood that his father teaches him. A young boy growing up in a large family and caught between Koori and white worlds, finds his attachment to a little tree frog gives him the courage to face his fears.' Source: Libraries Australia.
1998 winner y separately published work icon Someone Like Me Elaine Forrestal , Victoria : Puffin , 1996 Z833944 1996 single work children's fiction children's adventure (taught in 1 units)

It's just another year of getting into strife at school and mucking around with his dog at home for Tas - until he meets Enya the new girl at his school. She is different from the others - cool and calm. She becomes a special friend to Tas. But the violence that Enya thought she had left behind in Northern Ireland catches up with her, and this in turn has a devastating effect on Tas. His life will never be the same again.

(Source: Trove)

1997 winner y separately published work icon Hannah Plus One Libby Gleeson , Ringwood : Puffin , 1996 Z832946 1996 single work children's fiction children's When Hannah learns her Mum is expecting another baby, she is convinced it will be another set of twins, leaving Hannah the odd one out. It's a time to strike out and stand up for herself because soon Hannah too will be a big sister.
1996 winner y separately published work icon Swashbuckler James Moloney , Queensland : University of Queensland Press , 1995 Z838014 1995 single work children's fiction children's Peter, a new boy at Park Ridge school, is thankful to be rescued from the school bullies by Anton the Swashbuckler, even if Anton does speak in a weird way and dress in outlandish clothes. After that Peter and Anton become firm friends and discover that they each have family problems which they tackle together in true Swashbuckler style.
1995 winner y separately published work icon Ark in the Park Wendy Orr , Pymble : Angus and Robertson , 1994 Z921296 1994 single work children's fiction children's 'Sophie lived in a tall, tall building overlooking a large green park. In the middle of the park was the biggest, strangest, most wonderful pet shop in the world. It was built like a ship, with tall glass sails stretching to the sky and it was called Noah's Ark. Every morning Sophie made three secret wishes as she gazed at the ark in the park. Over at The Noah's Ark, Mr and Mrs Noah, who owned the pet shop, also made a secret wish - the same one every time. On a very special birthday, a magical meeting shows Sophie, and Mr and Mrs Noah, that secret wishes have a way of coming true.' (Source: Back cover)
1994 winner y separately published work icon Rowan of Rin Emily Rodda , Norwood : Omnibus Books , 1993 Z797986 1993 single work children's fiction children's fantasy adventure (taught in 1 units)

The people of Rin have long lived in the shadow of the Mountain, hearing the dragon's roar every morning and evening. When the village's precious stream stops flowing, a frightening journey must be undertaken up the Mountain to the stream's source. To the hardy villagers of Rin, the boy Rowan is a timid weakling. Yet because only he can read the magical map, it is Rowan who must brave the unknown terrors of the Mountain to save the village and solve a witch's riddle.

1993 winner y separately published work icon The Bamboo Flute Garry Disher , North Ryde : Angus and Robertson , 1992 Z459594 1992 single work children's fiction children's Paul is a dreamer with his head full of music. But in the real world he has no friends, his father is battling to keep the farm and dejected men tramp the roads. No-one has time for music or dreams. Then Eric the Red comes along and shows Paul how to make a flute from a piece of bamboo.
1992 winner y separately published work icon The Magnificent Nose and Other Marvels Anna Fienberg , North Sydney : Allen and Unwin , 1991 Z834250 1991 selected work children's fiction children's

'Five marvellous stories about some very resourceful children and their adventures in the wide world: Meet Lindalou, who makes a wondrous flying boat and sails to Kathmandu, timid Andy Umm, who talks to animals and tames a lion, curious Ferdinand, who cures the prime minister with the help of his magic spectacles, Ignatius Binz, whose magnificent nose picks up the faintest whiff of danger, Valentina Lookwell, who paints people as they really are, Wendelin B. Wordforce, who writes down their stories and Aristan, the magic spider, as golden as a dab of butter, who befriends them all' (Source: publisher's website).

1991 winner y separately published work icon Finders Keepers Emily Rodda , Norwood : Omnibus Books , 1990 Z667930 1990 single work children's fiction children's science fiction Patrick loves the excitement of computer games. He is even more excited when the computer invites him to be a contestant in a million dollar TV game show called Finders Keepers. He accepts the invitation and discovers the world beyond the Barrier, and embarks on the adventure of his life.
1990 winner y separately published work icon Pigs and Honey Jeanie Adams , Jeanie Adams (illustrator), Adelaide : Omnibus Books , 1989 Z667918 1989 single work picture book children's 'Pigs and Honey' tells of a day in the life of the Aboriginal community at Aurukun, a town on Cape York Peninsula in Far North Queensland. It is the sort of story the people there like to tell each other. Members of the Aurukun community have endorsed the publication of this book through their minister of the Uniting Church, the Reverend Silas Wolmby, and the elders of the church. They are pleased that children throughout Australia can now read about how the people of Aurukun enjoy their way of life on their own land.' (Back cover)
1989 winner y separately published work icon The Best-Kept Secret Emily Rodda , North Ryde London : Angus and Robertson , 1988 Z832135 1988 single work children's fiction children's mystery

Cecilia says merry-go-rounds are for little kids, but Jo feels there's something mysterious and not at all childish about the carousel that appeared overnight in Marley Street. She wants to find out what is so strange, but will she be leading herself and Cecilia into danger?

1988 winner y separately published work icon My Place : The Story of Australia from Now to Then My Place Nadia Wheatley , Donna Rawlins , Donna Rawlins (illustrator), Blackburn : Collins Dove , 1987 Z795146 1987 single work picture book children's historical fiction (taught in 7 units)

'My Place, the classic Australian picture book, is a "time machine" which takes the reader back into the past. It depicts the history of one particular piece of land in Sydney from 1788 to 1988 through the stories of the various children who have lived there. It aims to teach the reader about the history of Australia, about families, settlers, multiculturalism, and the traditional owners of the land. Each child's story covers a decade in time, showing their particular dress, customs and family life.

'The book also features maps that the successive generations of children have 'drawn' which demonstrate the things that have changed - as well as the things that have remained constant. My Place ultimately aims to show "that everyone is part of History" and that "every place has a story as old as the earth".' -- Provided by publisher (2008 ed.)

1987 winner y separately published work icon Pigs Might Fly Emily Rodda , Sydney London : Angus and Robertson , 1986 Z831592 1986 single work children's fiction children's fantasy Rachel was bored with having a cold and having to stay in bed so she wished very hard for something exciting to happen - and it did! She finds herself transported to a place where periodic storms occur which affect the inhabitants in strange ways and cause pigs to float in the air.
1986 winner y separately published work icon Arkwright Mary Steele , Melbourne : Hyland House , 1985 Z830852 1985 single work children's fiction children's The story of a crusty old sea captain and his pet South American anteater who retire to live in a cottage in the Australian bush.(Libraries Australia record)
1985 winner y separately published work icon Something Special Emily Rodda , Sydney London : Angus and Robertson , 1984 Z830447 1984 single work children's fiction children's A young girl dreams about the past owners of the secondhand clothes she is helping her mother sort out for the school fair.
1984 winner y separately published work icon Bernice Knows Best Max Dann , Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1983 Z845973 1983 single work children's fiction children's A boy whose life is a chain of disasters is taken in hand by Bernice who is determined to cure him of his accident-prone penchant.
1983 winner y separately published work icon Thing Robin Klein , Alison Lester (illustrator), Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1982 Z867716 1982 single work children's fiction children's When Emily Forbes mistakenly picks up a stegosaurus egg in the park, her life changes in all sorts of wonderful ways. But when the egg hatches, can Emily keep her new pet a secret from the evil landlady, Mrs McIlvray? (Source: Back cover)
1982 inaugural winner y separately published work icon Rummage Christobel Mattingley , Patricia Mullins (illustrator), London : Angus and Robertson , 1981 Z836353 1981 single work picture book children's
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