Davitt Awards shortlists 2017

Theophilus Grey and the Traitor's Mask

Theophilus Grey and the Traitor’s Mask

Catherine Jinks

In eighteenth-century London, twelve-year-old linkboy Philo Grey has spent most of his childhood out on the streets, collecting information to sell. One of his best customers, Mr Bishop, pays him good money for intelligence about...

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Elizabeth and Zenobia

Jessica Miller

Jessica Miller presents Elizabeth and Zenobia, a wonderfully compelling middle-grade story about friendship, courage, and the power of the imagination.

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Truly Tan: Hoodwinked!

Truly Tan: Hoodwinked!

Jen Storer, Claire Robertson

The next adventure in the best-selling Truly Tan series.

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 Read reviewWormwood Mire: A Stella Montgomery Intrigue

Wormwood Mire: A Stella Montgomery Intrigue

Judith Rossell

When Stella Montgomery returned to the Hotel Majestic cold and wet but exhilarated by adventure, the Aunts were furious. Now they are sending Stella away to the old family home at Wormwood Mire, where she must live with two...

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Everything Is Changed

Nova Weetman

Lifelong friends Jake and Alex are torn apart when they make a terrible split-second decision that ends in tragedy. As guilt closes in on Jake, he becomes increasingly determined to confess to the police. But Alex just wants to...

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Frankie

Shivaun Plozza

Winner of the Davitt Award for Young Adult Novels 2017Frankie Vega is angry. Just ask the guy whose nose she broke. Or the cop investigating the burglary she witnessed, or her cheating ex-boyfriend or...

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Yellow

Yellow

Megan Jacobson

If fourteen-year-old Kirra is having a mid-life crisis now then it doesn't bode well for her life expectancy. Her so-called friends bully her, whatever semblance of a mother she had has been drowned at the bottom of a gin bottle...

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Dead in the Water

Dead in the Water

Tania Chandler

Dead in the Water is about trying to escape the cycle of trauma. It delves into the darkness beneath the surface of fear, betrayal, and revenge, to find a glimmer of hope.

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Goodwood

Holly Throsby

It wasn't just one person who went missing, it was two people. Two very different people. They were there, and then they were gone, as if through a crack in the.....

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Ghost Girls

Ghost Girls

Cath Ferla

Winner of the Davitt Award for Debut Fiction 2017Winter in Sydney. The city is brimming with foreign students. Sophie Sandilands takes a job teaching at an English language school. When one of her...

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The Dry

Jane Harper

The Dry is the highest selling Australian debut in 2016.

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Tell The Truth, Shame The Devil

Melina Marchetta

Chief Inspector Bish Ortley of the London Met, divorced and still grieving the death of his son, has been drowning his anger in Scotch. Something has to give, and he's no sooner suspended from the force than a busload of British...

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Into the Darkness: the mysterious death of Phoebe Handsjuk

Into the Darkness: the mysterious death of Phoebe Handsjuk

Robin Bowles

On 2 December 2010, the body of a 23-year-old woman was found at the bottom of the rubbish chute in the luxury Balencea tower apartments in St Kilda Road, Melbourne, twelve floors below the apartment she shared with her boyfriend,...

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Invisible Women

Invisible Women

Ruth Wykes, Kylie Fox

When news of a murdered woman hits the headlines in Australia, people sit up and take notice. Unless that woman happens to be a sex worker. Invisible Women tells the stories of several murdered sex workers - all of whom...

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Who Bombed the Hilton?

Who Bombed the Hilton?

Rachel Landers

Once you start to go through the archives, the story of the Hilton bombing what happened, who probably did it and how the truth was lost becomes apparent.On 13 February 1978 a bomb exploded outside the Hilton Hotel in George...

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