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History

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

Winners

2018 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)

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)

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)

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)

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)
2013 winner y separately published work icon I'll Tell You Mine Pip Harry , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2012 Z1855260 2012 single work novel young adult

'Kate Elliot isn't trying to fit in - that's the whole point of being a goth, isn't it?

'Everything about her - from her hair to her clothes - screams different and the girls at her school give her a wide berth. How can Kate be herself, really herself, when she's hiding her big secret? The one that landed her in boarding school in the first place. She's buried it down deep but it always seems to surface.

'But then sometimes your soul mates sneak up on you in the most unlikely of places. Like Norris Grammar Boarding School for Girls, where's she's serving a life sentence, no parole, because her parents kicked her out.

'So, how do you take that first step and reveal your secrets when you're not sure that people want to see the real you?' (From the publisher's website.)

2012 winner y separately published work icon Pan's Whisper Sue Lawson , Newtown : Black Dog Books , 2011 Z1830241 2011 single work novel young adult (taught in 1 units) 'Pan Harris is is brash, loud and damaged. Ordered into foster care, Pan is full of anger at the mother who abandoned her, and the older sister who kept her from her father. Pan is certain that she knows the reality of her past until she meets Hunter, the boy who understands her story better than anyone else, and who just may be the key to unlocking the truth of Pan s memories. But are some memories best left forgotten? And is Hunter worth Pan breaking her most important rule Never. Trust. Anyone.' (From the publisher's website.)
2011 winner y separately published work icon Diary of a Would-Be Princess 3 Jessica Green , Lindfield : Scholastic Press Scholastic Press , 2011 Z1802879 2011 single work children's fiction children's
2011 winner y separately published work icon Always Jack Susanne Gervay , Pymble : HarperCollins , 2010 Z1734266 2010 single work children's fiction children's 'Jack's life seems to get more complicated as he gets older, and this year's a doozy. His mum and sister wants to call their new house Sunflower, his friendship with Anna might be turning into something more, and his mum and her partner want to get married! But overshadowing all that, his mum finds out she's sick - and it's going to take all Jack's humour and courage to deal with it. A funny and touching look at the effect of breast cancer on families.' (From the publisher's website.)
2009 winner y separately published work icon I Lost My Mobile at the Mall : Teenager on the Edge of Technological Breakdown Wendy Harmer , North Sydney : Random House Australia , 2009 Z1645658 2009 single work novel young adult humour 'I lost my mobile at the mall and am now facing certain death. My mother will accuse me of being lazy, ungrateful and plain old stupid. The first death I suffer will be from an utter lack of natural justice. My father will sentence me to die by disappointment. His shoulders will sag and there will be a long escape of air from his chest, as if I've crept up behind him and pulled out his plug. As if I deliberately lost my mobile phone to prove to him that there is no God. My best friend will kill me, all because there's a photo in my mobile of her standing next to Hugh Jackman. I am not an overly dramatic person, but a year's worth of numbers, texts and photos were in my phone, and if I don't get them back my life is not worth living.' (Publisher's website)
2008 winner y separately published work icon In Ecstasy Kate McCaffrey , North Fremantle : Fremantle Press , 2008 Z1484658 2008 single work novel young adult (taught in 1 units)

'Mia and Sophie have been best friends forever — but that’s all about to change. Experimenting with alcohol, flirting with boys, and dabbling in drugs, their lives quickly spiral out of control. There is little currently available for young readers — and their parents — that accurately reflects both the appeal and the consequences of drug use from a teenage perspective, making this an important and valuable novel.' (Publication summary)

2007 winner y separately published work icon I, Nigel Dorking Mary-Anne Fahey , Camberwell : Puffin , 2007 Z1381020 2007 single work novel young adult 'An autobiography about a boy with an unusual vocabulary, a suit of armour and an unshakeable dream, written by that very boy (Nigel Dorking), grade six.' (Publisher's blurb)
2006 winner y separately published work icon Allie McGregor's True Colours Sue Lawson , Fitzroy : Black Dog Books , 2006 Z1276980 2006 single work children's fiction children's

'Allie McGregor's list of problems is longer than movie credits. House renovations have forced Allie to share her room with mouse-loving little sister, Sarah. Her dad, Will, calls Allie 'The Hormonal One' during his popular radio program. Her brother, Riley, is just plain gross. Her best friend Lou is fighting with Allie's new friend, Romy. Oh, and Allie's mum has cancer.' (Publication summary)

2005 winner y separately published work icon The Story of Tom Brennan J. C. Burke , Milsons Point : Random House , 2005 Z1257999 2005 single work novel young adult (taught in 5 units)

'A powerful story of love and loss, secrets and revelations - and making sense of a past that once seemed perfect.

'For Tom Brennan, life is about rugby, mates and family - until a night of celebration changes his life forever. Tom's world explodes as his brother Daniel is sent to jail and the Brennans are forced to leave the small town Tom's lived in his whole life. Tom is a survivor, but he needs a ticket out of the past just as much as Daniel. He will find it in many forms . . .' (Publication summary)

2004 winner y separately published work icon Amber Pash on Pink Pauline Luke , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2004 Z1129736 2004 single work novel young adult
2003 winner y separately published work icon Who Cares? Krista Bell , South Melbourne : Lothian , 2003 Z1038856 2003 single work novel young adult
2002 winner y separately published work icon The Dons Archimede Fusillo , Ringwood : Penguin , 2001 Z916668 2001 single work novel young adult

'Paul is trying to escape. He's trying to escape from an Italian heritage that just doesn't seem to have relevance for him any more, and he's trying to escape from his nonno. They come from two different worlds, he and his grandfather, and Paul is more interested in his own world – his friends, the girls, the fast cars, the go-carts – than Nonno's strange and embarrassing behaviour.

'Nonno is more than just a silly old man getting in the way of Paul's lifestyle, though. Nonno has more stories to tell than Paul can even begin to imagine. But there is one big problem – Nonno is losing his mind.' (Publication summary)

2002 winner y separately published work icon Painted Love Letters Catherine Bateson , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2002 Z951460 2002 single work children's fiction children's (taught in 1 units) Dave is dying. Chrissie, Mum, Nan and Badger are going to be left behind. (Source: Trove)
2001 winner y separately published work icon Water Colours Sarah Walker , Rydalmere : Hodder Headline , 2000 Z668363 2000 single work novel young adult

'When Beatrice is forced to leave her beloved Wilson Park and her offbeat friend Marty, she discovers some shocking truths about her mother and learns what friendship and family really mean.

'Change is hard, but as her Aunty Olivia tells her, sometimes when you lose something, you gain something else.

'Water Colours is an optimistic, warm and challenging story about growing up and coming to terms with the tough realities of life.' (Publication summary)

2000 winner y separately published work icon On Different Shores Jen McVeity , New York (City) : Orchard Books , 1998 Z337839 1998 single work novel young adult 'Tess used to believe her father would always be there. But that was before he got caught up with his rising political career. Tess is different now, too. Shuttling between two homes and two mothers, she's dropped out of championship swimming and almost out of school as well. The only thing that interests her is leading a group of young environmental activists, the 'Green Guerillas'. And even though Tess never goes near the water now, she still has nightmares about drowning ... 'The warm characterizations save all the cliches surrounding broken families, this engrossing Australian tale has a refreshing view of children struggling with the fallout from divorce. Tess's growing awareness of her dad's imperfections and his realization of his own shortcomings make the ending not only happy, but believable.' (Libraries Australia record).
1998 winner y separately published work icon Out of the Shadows Sue Hines , Milsons Point : Random House Australia , 1998 Z245055 1998 single work novel young adult

'Ro thinks her family is totally unlike anyone else's. Jodie is afraid of herself. So they spend a long time stepping carefully around the truth, hiding secrets that they know are too terrible to reveal.These shadows from the past just won't go away, and in a hostile society Ro and Jodie end up with only each other – and that grab bag of feelings that make up a friendship: love, hate, guilt – and forgiveness. ' (Publication summary)

1998 winner y separately published work icon Lockie Leonard, Legend Tim Winton , Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 1997 Z234921 1997 single work novel young adult humour Lockie, who is about to turn fourteen, lives in a small coastal town in West Australia. He has just survived the worst year on record: his first year of high school, a new town, his first mad love affair - it's all behind him. But the world of weirdness hasn't finished with him yet. His family is in a shambles and then an old flame comes scorching back into his life. (Source: Trove)
1997 winner y separately published work icon A Bridge to Wiseman's Cove James Moloney , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1996 Z536089 1996 single work novel young adult

'Carl Matt hasn't got much. there's just his younger brother Harley and the old red barge to Wiseman's Cove. And nothing's going to take those away from him. He's an awkward, lumpy fifteen-year-old. Not the hero type.' - back cover (2007)

1996 winner y separately published work icon Mongrel David Rish , New South Wales : Angus and Robertson , 1995 Z833100 1995 single work children's fiction children's Judy Bishop is sent to Euduka for her own good. She hates the hick town, the locals and their so-called sweet country attitudes. She wants to get back to the city and her friends. Both Ed, a dog on the brink of death, and life in the country teach her more about love and friendship than she could have ever imagined.
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