2020 literary prize winners for kids & teens

Baby Business

Baby Business

Jasmine Seymour

Baby Business tells the story of the baby smoking ceremony that welcomes baby to country. The smoke is a blessing - it will protect the baby and remind them that they belong.

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 Read reviewYoung Dark Emu: A Truer History

Young Dark Emu: A Truer History

Bruce Pascoe

The highly-anticipated junior version of Bruce Pascoe's multi award-winning book.

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I Need a Parrot

I Need a Parrot

Chris McKimmie

A book about wanting and needing what a child wants and what a wild bird needs.     

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My Friend Fred

My Friend Fred

A. Yi, Frances Watts

A delightful picture book about a friendship between an exuberant but loveable dachshund and his more retiring, tidy housemate.    

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 Read reviewThis Is How We Change The Ending

This Is How We Change The Ending

Vikki Wakefield

A gritty, ultimately triumphant novel from one of Australia's most loved YA writers, the author of award-winning Friday Brown

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The Little Wave

The Little Wave

Pip Harry

When a Manly school sets out to bring a country class to the city for a beach visit, three very different kids find each other and themselves.

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Four Dead Queens

Four Dead Queens

Astrid Scholte

Four Queens. A divided nation. A ruthless pickpocket. A noble messenger. And the murders that unite them.   

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The Girl in the Mirror

The Girl in the Mirror

Jenny Blackford

An enthralling, original debut middle-grade novel by award-winning poet and short-story writer Jenny Blackford.   

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Explore Your World: Weird, Wild, Amazing!

Explore Your World: Weird, Wild, Amazing!

Tim Flannery, Sam Caldwell

The first book for children from renowned author and scientist Professor Tim Flannery, exploring the world's weirdest and most fascinating animals in all their bizarre glory!

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One Careless Night

One Careless Night

Christina Booth

The hauntingly beautiful story of our last thylacine.

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Ocean's Revenge (Super Sidekicks, Book 2)

Ocean’s Revenge (Super Sidekicks, Book 2)

Gavin Aung Than

The Mother of the Seas is sick of humans using the oceans as a junkyard, so she decides to give the land dwellers a taste of their own medicine in this new adventure with the Super Sidekicks.

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 Read reviewDiary of a Young Naturalist

Diary of a Young Naturalist

Dara McAnulty

An astonishing, evocative exploration of the natural world and all its wonders, by 15-year-old conservationist and rising literary star Dara McAnulty.     

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Look Up!

Look Up!

Nathan Bryon, Dapo Adeola

Let science-mad chatterbox Rocket launch into your hearts in this inspiring picture book from two incredible debut talents.    

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Ghost Bird

Ghost Bird

Lisa Fuller

An intriguing and gripping young adult novel by the winner of the David Unaipon award.   

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 Read reviewThe Girl, the Cat & the Navigator

The Girl, the Cat & the Navigator

Matilda Woods

An enchanting, charming story of bravery on the ice-tipped ocean, with stunning art by Anuska Allepuz on every page.     

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 Read reviewTales from the Inner City

Tales from the Inner City

Shaun Tan

The visionary Shaun Tan returns to show us the soul-opening work he's been doing for the past five years.

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Lark

Lark

Anthony McGowan, Nick Hayes

Nicky and Kenny's mum is coming to visit for the first time in years. But when an outdoor adventure to take their minds off everything goes from bad to worse, there's a chance that not everyone will make it home alive......

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 Read reviewMeat Market

Meat Market

Juno Dawson

Jana Novak is catapulted to superstardom when she's scouted by a model agency. But the fashion industry is as grimy as it is glamorous, and there are predators at every turn

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Dig

Dig

A.S. King

A searing and dynamic novel from YA master A.S. King about tangled family secrets and white supremacy in suburban Pennsylvania, for readers of Angie Thomas' The Hate U Give

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The Undefeated

The Undefeated

Kwame Alexander, Kadir Nelson

From New York Times bestselling-author Kwame Alexander comes this powerful and important ode to black history: the strength and bravery of everyday people and the grit, passion, and perseverance of some of the world's greatest...

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New Kid

New Kid

Jerry Craft

After his parents send him to a prestigious private school known for its academics, Jordan Banks finds himself torn between two worlds.

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How it Feels to Float

How it Feels to Float

Helena Fox

A stunning, profound, deeply hopeful portrayal of living with mental illness and grief, from an exceptional new voice in YA. 

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