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The Australian Family Therapists’ Awards for Children’s Literature are presented by the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy (ANZJFT).


  • 1996-. Use the broad term for the Award from 1988 to 1995.

Latest Winners / Recipients

Year: 2019

winner y separately published work icon The Things We Can't Undo Gabrielle Reid , Ormond : Ford Street , 2018 13854877 2018 single work novel young adult

'There’s no backspace key for life’s decisions.

'Samantha and Dylan are in love – everyone knows it. So it’s no big deal when they leave a party for some time out together. But when malicious rumours surface about that night, each feels betrayed by the other. 

'Will Sam make a decision she can’t take back?'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

Year: 2018

joint winner y separately published work icon The Build-up Season Megan Jacobson , Melbourne : Penguin Random House Australia , 2017 11571390 2017 single work novel young adult

'He’s back.
The monster.
It’s the middle of the night and I’m awake, because even though I’m seventeen I still haven’t outgrown the childhood monster that haunts you in the dark. I haven’t outgrown it, because when I was a child, the monster was real.
He was my father.
But the thing is, the monster was the person I was closest to in the whole world, closer than I’ve been to anyone since.
That will tell you everything you need to know about me.
And still, I wouldn’t hesitate to kill the monster.
That will tell you even more about me.

'Seventeen-year-old Iliad Piper is named after war and angry at the world. Growing up with a violent father and abused mother, she doesn’t know how to do relationships, family or friends. A love-hate friendship with Max turns into a prank war, and she nearly destroys her first true friendship with misfit Mia. Ily takes off her armour for nobody, until she meets Jared, someone who's as complicated as she is.' (Synopsis)

joint winner y separately published work icon Finding Nevo : How I Confused Everyone Nevo Zisin , Newtown : Walker Books Australia , 2017 11102102 2017 single work autobiography

'Meet Nevo: girl, boy, he, she, him, her, they, them, daughter, son, teacher, student, friend, gay, bi, lesbian, trans, homo, Jew, dyke, masculine, feminine, androgynous, queer. Nevo was not born in the wrong body. Nevo just wants everyone to catch up with all that Nevo is. Personal, political and passionate, Finding Nevo is an autobiography about gender and everything that comes with it.' (Publication summary)

Year: 2017

winner y separately published work icon Saving Jazz Kate McCaffrey , Fremantle : Fremantle Press , 2016 9341137 2016 single work novel young adult

'Jasmine Lovely has it all – the looks, the grades, the friends. But when a house party spins out of control, Jazz discovers what can happen when your mistakes go viral ...

'We know our kids are at risk of becoming victims of cyberbullying. But do we know how at risk they are of becoming perpetrators? This controversial new novel tackles cyberbullying from a whole new perspective.' (Publication summary)

Year: 2015

winner y separately published work icon Crashing Down Kate McCaffrey , North Fremantle : Fremantle Press , 2014 7458659 2014 single work novel young adult

'Lucy is in Year 12 and under pressure to succeed. The last thing she needs now is an intense boyfriend. Breaking up with Carl feels like the only way to keep her dreams on track.

'But good decisions can have bad consequences.

'And leaving Carl is going to be a whole lot harder than Lucy could ever have imagined.' (Publication summary)

Year: 2014

winner y separately published work icon Freia Lockhart’s Summer of Awful Aimee Said , Newtown : Walker Books Australia , 2013 Z1918332 2013 single work novel young adult 'How [not] to keep it together when your world falls apart.

Freia Lockhart has all the ingredients for an awesome summer: - Great new friends - A supremely kissable boyfriend - Plans for New Year's Eve (which don't include her parents) But when her mum reveals some devastating news, Freia's plans are crushed in an instant. Even though this summer is cooked, Freia hasn't given up hope for the new year.' (Publisher's blurb)