CBCA Younger Readers Notables 2020

A Great Escape

A Great Escape

Felice Arena

It's a great escape, but will Peter survive it? When Peter's family leaves for a trip across the border, he stays behind. So when the government builds a wall through the city, guarded by soldiers, tanks and ferocious dogs, he's...

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Detention

Tristan Bancks

Sima and her family are pressed to the rough, cold ground among fifty others. They lie next to the tall fence designed to keep them in. The wires are cut one by one.

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Mr Walker and the Dessert Delight

Mr Walker and the Dessert Delight

Jess Black, Sara Acton

There's a special anniversary celebration happening at the hotel and everyone is excited - especially Mr Walker!

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The Days of in Between

The Days of in Between

Peter Valentine Fenton

The shark was pale, shiny grey and quite magnificent. Hypnotised by the creature's eyes, like large black discs, he was hardly aware of other people gathering tightly around him.

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Pirate Boy of Sydney Town

Pirate Boy of Sydney Town

Jackie French

Twelve-year-old Ben Huntsmore is the son of a shipowner, an only child who loves the farming life on his mother's family estate, Badger's Hill.

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 Read reviewAs Happy as Here

As Happy as Here

Jane Godwin

A beautiful coming-of-age story about identity, expectation, class, justice, society, fairness, and, above all, kindness.

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 Read reviewHow to Make a Movie in Twelve Days

How to Make a Movie in Twelve Days

Fiona Hardy

Twelve days. Five kids. Many special effects. One giant mystery.

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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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Hapless Hero Henrie (House of Heroes Book 1)

Hapless Hero Henrie (House of Heroes Book 1)

Petra James, A. Yi

The first book in a fun, action-packed middle-grade series for heroes in training by Petra James and A. Yi.

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 Read reviewWinston and the Wondrous Wooba Gymnastics Club

Winston and the Wondrous Wooba Gymnastics Club

Tamsin Janu

When Winstons new stepsister to be Macy moves to Woobawittawoo with her dad, life in their small town quickly turns upside down. Winston is thrilled, but Macy is miserable. Wooba might have the Big Bread, but what use is a...

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A Different Land

A Different Land

Paul Jennings, Geoff Kelly

A twisting tale from Australia's master storyteller.

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The Thing about Oliver

The Thing about Oliver

Deborah Kelly

Twelve-year-old Tilly dreams of becoming a marine scientist, but she doesn't even own a swimsuit. She lives in a drought- stricken town with her mum and younger brother Oliver, who is autistic. Tilly knows Oliver's needs have to...

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Songbird

Songbird

Ingrid Laguna

A unique, tender and heart-warming novel following a young girl's experience as an Iraqi refugee in Melbourne, her desire to belong, and the importance of friendship.

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Maddie in the Middle

Maddie in the Middle

Julia Lawrinson

Maddie Lee is in year six, and she feels ordinary and dull. Her best and oldest friend Katy is head counsellor and aiming at an academic scholarship. Maddie doesn't have anything that is hers, anything that is special. Enter a...

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 Read reviewThe Dog Runner

The Dog Runner

Bren MacDibble

Ella and her brother Emery are alone in a city that's starving to death. If they are going to survive, they must get away, upcountry, to find Emery's mum. But how can two kids travel such big distances across a dry, barren, and...

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 Read reviewCatch a Falling Star

Catch a Falling Star

Meg McKinlay

This coming-of-age story by multiple-award-winner Meg McKinlay is about loss and grief, dealing with change and fighting to hold on to what you can, while letting go of what you can't.

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The Girl, the Dog and the Writer in Lucerne (The Girl, the Dog and the Writer, Book 3)

The Girl, the Dog and the Writer in Lucerne (The Girl, the Dog and the Writer, Book 3)

Katrina Nannestad

Freja and her mother, Clementine, are reunited at last. Tobias and Vivi are in love. And Lucerne, their new home, is a paradise of snowy alps, sapphire lakes, white swans and delicious Swiss chocolate!

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 Read reviewThe Glimme

The Glimme

Emily Rodda, Marc McBride

Lone Annie sees dragons in your future...She sees giants. She sees fire and water. She sees death.

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 Read reviewSick Bay

Sick Bay

Nova Weetman

Two very different Grade 6 girls meet in their school sick bay.

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 Read reviewThe Secrets of Magnolia Moon

The Secrets of Magnolia Moon

Edwina Wyatt, Katherine Quinn

CBCA award-winning picture book author Edwina Wyatt makes her fiction debut with a whimsical tale of a curious little girl who shares more than just her surname with the moon: They're both excellent secret keepers.

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