2018 literary prize winners for kids & teens

The Poet X

The Poet X

Elizabeth Acevedo

Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking.

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Rock Pool Secrets

Rock Pool Secrets

Narelle Oliver

Lift the flap and discover many rock pool secrets.

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Coral Sea Dreaming

Coral Sea Dreaming

Kim Michelle Toft

The reef at night comes to life and an array of extraordinary creatures get busy creating a spectacular underwater symphony. Written in classic rhyme and illustrated with Kim Michelle Toft's unique hand-painted silks, this...

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Wombat Warriors

Wombat Warriors

Samantha Wheeler

Can Mouse find her voice in time to keep her furry friends safe?

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 Read reviewFlorette

Florette

Anna Walker

She'll miss the apple trees, the daffodils, and chasing butterflies in the wavy grass. But there's no room for a garden in the city. Oris there? Mae's story, gorgeously illustrated in watercolour, is a celebration of friendship,...

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Paper Cranes Don't Fly

Paper Cranes Don’t Fly

Peter Vu

This story describes the life of a cancer patient in a way that no other young adult book does, focusing not just on living with cancer, but going through it, with the help of patience, love, and friendship.

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 Read reviewTintinnabula

Tintinnabula

Margo Lanagan, Rovina Cai

Tintinnabula is a story about moving from discomfort to peace, from violence and uncertainty to a still, sure place. It reminds us that our best friend in hard times can often be ourselves.

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 Read reviewDo Not Lick This Book

Do Not Lick This Book

Idan Ben-Barak, Julian Frost

A brilliantly simple, funny, interactive picture book that introduces children to the strange, unseen world of microbes all around them by the award-winning author of Small Wonders and the animator of the insanely successful video...

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A Walk in the Bush

A Walk in the Bush

Gwyn Perkins

Little Iggy doesn't want to leave the house, but Grandad insists - they always have fun together. What follows is a wonderful journey in the great Australian outdoors with singing birds, wallaby surprises, secret caterpillar...

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Rodney Loses It!

Rodney Loses It!

Michael Gerard Bauer, Chrissie Krebs

Rodney was a rabbit who loved nothing more than drawing. He never found it tiresome, tedious or boring. But then one day, disaster struck, the one thing Rodney feared, while working at his drawing desk his pen just...DISAPPEARED!...

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 Read reviewHow to Bee

How to Bee

Bren MacDibble

A story about family, loyalty, kindness and bravery, set against an all-too-possible future where climate change has forever changed the way we live.

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 Read reviewTake Three Girls

Take Three Girls

Cath Crowley, Simmone Howell, Fiona Wood

Rumour is the new truth: feminism, identity and belonging are explored in a spectacular collaboration between three award-winning YA authors.

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 Read reviewAmelia Westlake

Amelia Westlake

Erin Gough

Winner of the Readings Young Adult Book Prize 2018From Ampersand Prize-winning author Erin Gough comes this ferociously funny romp through an elite private school, and a brilliant feminist hoax that...

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Where the World Ends

Where the World Ends

Geraldine McCaughrean

Every summer Quill and his friends are put ashore on a remote sea stac to hunt birds. But this summer, no one arrives to take them home. Surely nothing but the end of the world can explain why they've been abandoned - cold,...

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The Song from Somewhere Else

The Song from Somewhere Else

A. F. Harrold, Levi Pinfold

Saved from bullies by the class misfit Nick, Frank's drawn to Nick's house by strange music, discovers he has incredible secrets that bring danger, and decides to help him as he helped her.

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The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give

Angie Thomas

A powerful and brave YA novel about what prejudice looks like in the 21st century.

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After the Fire

After the Fire

Will Hill

Father John controls everything inside The Fence. And Father John likes rules. Especially about never talking to Outsiders. Because Father John knows the truth. He knows what is coming. But Moonbeam is starting to see the lies...

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Tarin of the Mammoths: The Exile (Book 1)

Tarin of the Mammoths: The Exile (Book 1)

Jo Sandhu

Tarin of the Mammoths is a thrilling Stone Age epic for ages 8-12.

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 Read reviewNevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow

Jessica Townsend

A breathtaking, enchanting new series by debut Australian author Jessica Townsend, about a cursed girl who escapes death and finds herself in a magical world - but is then tested beyond her wildest imagination.

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 Special priceHello, Universe

Hello, Universe

Erin Entrada Kelly, Isabel Roxas

Lives of four misfits are intertwined when a bully's prank lands shy Virgil at the bottom of a well and Valencia, Kaori, and Gen band together in an epic quest to find and rescue him.

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Town Is by the Sea

Town Is by the Sea

Joanne Schwartz, Sydney Smith

While a young boy enjoys a summer's day, his thoughts constantly return to his father, who is digging for coal deep under the sea.

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Wilder Country

Wilder Country

Mark Smith

A devastating virus has left few alive. Finn, Kas and Willow must evade capture by Ramage's dangerous gang, and try to protect the valley. Finn knows it's really the girls protecting them from danger.

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Wolf in the Snow

Wolf in the Snow

Matthew Cordell

A girl is lost in a snowstorm. A wolf cub is lost, too. How will they find their way home?

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We Are Okay

We Are Okay

Nina Lacour

After leaving her life behind to go to college in New York, Marin must face the truth about the tragedy that happened in the final weeks of summer when her friend Mabel comes to visit.

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Ida

Ida

Alison Evans

Ida is an intelligent, diverse and entertaining novel that explores love, loss and longing, and speaks to the condition of an array of overwhelming, and often illusory, choices.

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 Read reviewLiving on Hope Street

Living on Hope Street

Demet Divaroren

We all love someone. We all fear something. Sometimes they live right next door - or even closer.

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