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2014 CBCA Awards

It is that time of year, the Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards have been announced.

So here they are.

Older Readers



Wildlife by Fiona Wood

Honourable Mentions


Fairytales for Wilde Girls by Alysse Near


The Sky so Heavy by Claire Zorn

Younger Readers



City of Orphans: A Very Unusual Pursuit by Catherine Jinks

Honourable Mentions


My Life as an Alphabet by Barry Jonsberg


Light Horse Boy by Dianne Wolfer

Early Childhood



The Swap by Jan Ormerod and Andrew Joyner

Honourable Mentions


I’m a Dirty Dinosaur by Janeen Brian, Ann James


Banjo and Ruby Red by Libby Gleeson and Freya Blackwood

Picture Books


Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan

Honourable Mentions


King Pig by Nick Bland


The Silver Button by Bob Graham

Eve Pownell Award (Information Books)



Jeremy by Christopher Faille and Danny Snell

Honourable Mentions


Welcome to my Country by  Laklak Burarrwanga and Family


Ice, Wind, Rock by Peter Gouldthorpe

A huge congrats to all these winners and all of the nominated. To see the full list go here.


Wildlife – Competition

Hey lovely readers. I have a fun gift for you. I have a copy of the wonderful WILDLIFE by Fiona Wood to give away.

9781742612317This is a beautiful tale of growing up and surviving high school.

So what do you need to do to win this?

Leave a comment stating the title of one of your favourite coming of age tales and why. The winner will be selected at random.

The competition closes June 2nd 2013.



I received my copy from the publisher.


By : Fiona Wood

A whole term of school in the wilderness, a place where the classes are geared to life skills and survival. Sibylla has known this term was coming for a while, that doesn’t mean she wants to go. Then just before it all starts two very unexpected things happen. She becomes the face of a perfume with her picture appearing on a twenty metre billboard, and as a result she kisses hunk, Ben Capaldi. Sibylla isn’t sure what this is going to mean for the term in the great outdoors. She’s sure things will be fine though because her best friend Holly, is also going to be stuck there with her. Things get complicated though when, for Holly, friendship doesn’t seem as important as having a boyfriend and being popular.

Added to this is new girl Lou, she joins the term because her parents think it will be a good way for her to break the isolation she found herself in after the death of her boyfriend. Lou, is struggling, damaged, a reluctant addition to the cabin. She slowly gets drawn into the drama unfolding in front of her and she has to decide if she will stay on the sidelines or get involved for the sake of a new friendship.

This is a nuanced and engaging read. These characters are so believable, they could be any high school girl trying just to survive being a teenager. Sibylla is an average girl to whom something fortunate happens, she just wants to get through though and isn’t too worried about being popular, her best friend Holly has other priorities. Sibylla isn’t driven to capitalise on her luck but eventually her passiveness, becomes a little frustrating. She is the poster girl for reacting rather than being proactive. Lou is magnetic, her sadness just draws you in. You cannot help but be enthralled as she slowly comes out of herself like a flower starting to bloom, (as dodgy as that cliche may be and as much as Lou would curl her lip up at it). The story itself is a gently told tale of finding who you really are. These characters contrast in many ways and that contrast makes for an beautifully real story. The fragile one finding strength and the one who appears to have it sorted, realising things are not what she thought and finding a way to make up for her mistakes.

A story of discovery, not fitting in, relationships and love. Well worth a read.


Publisher: Pan Australia

Published: 01 June 2013

Format: Paperback 384 pages

Categories: Friendship, Growing Up

ISBN 13: 9781742612317

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


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