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2012 Aurealis Award Winners

They were announced on the 18th of May at a ceremony hosted by author Scott Westerfeld.

A huge congrats to all nominees and winners. Here are the ones most relevant to us here.

BEST CHILDREN’S FICTION (TOLD PRIMARILY THROUGH WORDS)

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Brotherband: The Hunters by John Flanagan (Random House Australia)

BEST CHILDREN’S FICTION (TOLD PRIMARILY THROUGH PICTURES)

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Little Elephants by Graeme Base (Viking Penguin)

BEST YOUNG ADULT SHORT STORY

The Wisdom of the Ants by Thoraiya Dyer (Clarkesworld)

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BEST YOUNG ADULT NOVEL
(Joint winners)

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Dead, Actually by Kaz Delaney (Allen & Unwin)

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Sea Hearts by Margo Lanagan (Allen & Unwin)

Little Elephants

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By: Graeme Base

Jimmy and his mother live on a farm. It’s almost harvesting time and their harvester is broken. If they can’t think of a way to bring in the crop they may lose their farm. Despite the difficult time Jimmy shows kindness to a stranger and this simple act may be the thing that helps change their fortunes. Though who would have thought the answer would lie with elephants.

This is a magical and wonderful tale from the creator of  Animalia and The Legend of the Golden Snail. Base has given us a truly inspirational tale. Jimmy is a great character with a generous heart. The art work as always is wonderfully detailed and incredibly imaginative. Base’s stories draw you in on all levels. What’s not to love about tiny elephants?

Highly recommended.

Publisher: Abrams

Published: 01 September 2012

Format: Hardback 40 pages

Categories: Animal stories

ISBN 13: 9781419704635

Purchase: here or use Booktopia link on the side of the page

Aurealis Awards – 2012 Finalists

The finalists of the 2012 Aurealis Awards have been announced and it is an awesome list that covers 13 categories. Now not all of the categories I’m going to list are kid’s and YA but some of these titles and authors are.

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Fantasy Novel

Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth (Random House Australia)

Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff (Tor UK)

Sea Hearts by Margo Lanagan (Allen & Unwin)

Flame of Sevenwaters by Juliet Marillier (Pan Macmillan Australia)

Winter Be My Shield by Jo Spurrier (HarperVoyager)

Fantasy Short Story

“Sanaa’s Army” by Joanne Anderton (Bloodstones, Ticonderoga Publications)

“The Stone Witch” by Isobelle Carmody (Under My Hat, Random House)

“First They Came” by Deborah Kalin (Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine 55)

“Bajazzle” by Margo Lanagan (Cracklescape, Twelfth Planet Press)

“The Isles of the Sun” by Margo Lanagan (Cracklescape, Twelfth Planet Press)

Science Fiction Novel

Suited by Jo Anderton (Angry Robot)

The Last City by Nina D’Aleo (Momentum)

And All The Stars by Andrea K Host (self-­‐published)

The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf by Ambelin Kwaymullina (Walker Books)

Confusion of Princes by Garth Nix (Allen & Unwin)

The Rook by Daniel O’Malley (Harper Collins)

Science Fiction Short Story

“Visitors” by James Bradley (Review of Australian Fiction)

“Significant Dust” by Margo Lanagan (Cracklescape, Twelfth Planet Press)

“Beyond Winter’s Shadow” by Greg Mellor (Wild Chrome, Ticonderoga Publications)

“The Trouble with Memes” by Greg Mellor (Wild Chrome, Ticonderoga Publications)

“The Lighthouse Keepers’ Club” by Kaaron Warren (Exotic Gothic 4, PS Publishing)

Young Adult Novel

Dead, Actually by Kaz Delaney (Allen & Unwin)

And All The Stars by Andrea K. Host (self-­‐published)

The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf by Ambelin Kwaymullina (Walker Books)

Sea Hearts by Margo Lanagan (Allen & Unwin)

Into That Forest by Louis Nowra (Allen & Unwin)

Young Adult Short Story

“Stilled Lifes x 11” by Justin D’Ath (Trust Me Too, Ford Street Publishing)

“The Wisdom of the Ants” by Thoraiya Dyer (Clarkesworld)

“Rats” by Jack Heath (Trust Me Too, Ford Street Publishing)

“The Statues of Melbourne” by Jack Nicholls (Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine 56)

“The Worry Man” by Adrienne Tam (self-­‐published)

CHILDREN’S FICTION (told primarily through words)  

Brotherband: The Hunters by John Flanagan (Random House Australia)

Princess Betony and the Unicorn by Pamela Freeman (Walker Books)

The Silver Door by Emily Rodda (Scholastic)

Irina the Wolf Queen by Leah Swann (Xoum Publishing)

CHILDREN’S FICTION (told primarily through pictures)

Little Elephants by Graeme Base (author and illustrator) (Viking Penguin)

The Boy Who Grew Into a Tree by Gary Crew (author) and Ross Watkins (illustrator) (Penguin Group Australia)

In the Beech Forest by Gary Crew (author) and Den Scheer (illustrator) (Ford Street Publishing)

Inside the World of Tom Roberts by Mark Wilson (author and illustrator) (Lothian Children’s Books)

 

I definitely have some favourites in this list but best of luck to all authors who made it this far. Can’t wait to see who the winners will be, they announce the winners on the 18th of May.

Prime Minister’s Literary Awards 2012 – Shortlist

The Prime Minister’s Literary Awards shortlist was recently announced. To all the nominated children’s authors I want to say a huge congrats and good luck. Of course best wishes go out to all authors to make the lists. (I usually post cover pics with announcements like this but my internet is playing up – my apologies, just getting logged in was a trial)

Young Adult Fiction

Alaska – Sue Saliba

A Straight Line To My Heart – Bill Condon

Being Here – Barry Jonsberg

Pan’s Whisper – Sue Lawson

When We Were Two – Robert Newton

 

Children’s Fiction

Come Down, Cat! – Sonya Hartnett Illus. Lucia Masciullo

Evangeline The Wish Keepers Helper – Maggie Alderson Illus. Claire Fletcher

Father’s Day – Anne Brooksbank

Goodnight Mice! – Frances Watts, Judy Watson

The Jewel Fish of Karnak – Graeme Base

Indie Awards Shortlist

The Indie Awards are the awards handed out by the independent booksellers from around Australia. There are several categories but the one we are particularly interested in her at TheKylieVerse is the children’s category. Here are the nominees:

The Jewel Fish of Karnak by Graeme Base

The Little Refugee by Anh and Suzanne Do (illustrated by Bruce Whatley)

The Coming of the Whirlpool: Ship Kings Book One by Andrew McGahan

The 13-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton

Congrats to the nominees and good luck.

Top Titles 2011

As I’m going to not be posting between now and the new year I thought I would put my top picks of this year down now.

These aren’t the only ones I loved and there is no order to them, they are simply some of the ones released this year as far as I know that stand out in my mind.

Picture Books

The Flying Orchestra – Clare McFadden

The Last Viking – Norman Jorgensen/James Foley

The Jewelfish of Karnak – Graeme Base

Fiction 4-9

Violet Mackeral’s Natural Habitat – Anna Branford

Mystery in Paris – Thea Stilton (As with the rest of the series)

The Amazing Voyage – Geronimo Stilton (really I love the whole series)

Fiction 8 – 12

Eight Keys – Suzanne LaFleur

The Medusa Plot – Gordon Korman

Wonderstruck – Brain Selznick

Young Adult Fiction

Daughter of Smoke and Bone – Laini Taylor

The Extraordinaires – Michael Pryor

Mastiff – Tamora Pierce

The Jewel Fish of Karnak

By: Graeme Base

Ibis and Jackal are not very good thieves. They get caught and are taken before the Cat Pharaoh, who shows them mercy and makes a deal with them. She will pardon them if they can steal the Jewel Fish of Karnak and return it to her – the rightful owner. Their task comes with two warnings but Ibis and Jackal think they know better and it all goes horribly wrong.

Yet another incredibly amazing book from the wonderful mind and hands of Graeme Base. The story is engaging and even has a message or two about honesty and mercy. The illustrations as always are stunning, vividly detailed. Be warned you may find yourself sitting for a while trying to work out the puzzle at the back of the book. This is the sort of book you are happy to pick up and re-read.

Publisher: Viking Australia

Published: 03 October 2011

Format: Hardback 36 pages

Categories: Mythology

ISBN 13: 9780670074679

Purchase: here or use Booktopia logo on side of page

2011 ABIA Awards – Finalists Announced

The finalists for this year’s Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) have been announced. The winners will be announced on Monday 25 July during the 2011 ABA Conference.

International Success of the Year 2011

Allen & Unwin, for Tales from Outer Suburbia (Shaun Tan)

Hachette, for The Red Tree (Shaun Tan)

HarperCollins, for The Innocent Mage (Karen Miller)

Penguin, for Once, Then and Now  (Morris Gleitzman)

Book of the Year for Younger Children (age range 0 to 8 years) 2011

All Through the Year (Jane Godwin, illus by Anna Walker, Penguin)

Feathers for Phoebe (Rod Clement, HarperCollins)

Maudie and Bear (Jan Omerod, illus by Freya Blackwood, Little Hare)

Mirror (Jeannie Baker, Walker Books)

Noni the Pony (Alison Lester, A&U)

The Legend of the Golden Snail (Graeme Base, Penguin)

Book of the Year for Older Children (age range 8 to 14 years) 2011

Conspiracy 365 (Gabrielle Lord, Scholastic)

Graffiti Moon (Cath Crowley, Pan Macmillan)

Shakespeare’s Hamlet (illus by Nicki Greenberg, A&U)

Museum of Thieves: The Keepers Book 1 (Lian Tanner, A&U)

Now (Morris Gleitzman, Penguin)

A big congratulations to all nominees.

Further details can be found here.

The Legend of the Golden Snail

By: Graeme Base

Wilbur’s mum reads him the tale of the magical Golden Snail banished to the ends of the earth by the Grand Enchanter. She reads it a lot, it is his favourite story and Wilbur is determined to be the next Grand Enchanter. He wants to sail the Golden Snail across the oceans for a hundred years. So he begins his quest to find the Golden Snail. Along the way he encounters unusual creatures and unexpected challenges. When he finally reaches his destination he finds things aren’t quite how he thought they would be.

This is a fun adventure story with with themes of being nice to those you meet and being true to yourself. As always Graeme’s illustrations are detailed and masterful.

I love this book and it is a regular selection for story-time.

Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers

Published: 01 October 2010

Format: Hardback 48 pages

Categories: Adventure

ISBN 13: 9780810989658

Purchase here

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