Younger Readers Shortlist - Violet Mackerel has moved into her new house. There is a girl next door who could be a possible friend. Her name is Rose and she has a pink and white bedroom and a doll's house. Violet hopes that Rose might not be just a possible friend for very long. Instead, she would quite like Rose to be a very good friend.
Light Horse Boy. Brought to life by illustrations, historical photographs, and memorabilia, this cloth-bound book is made to look like a notebook from the period In 1914, Jim and Charlie abandon the Australian outback for the excitement of the war to end all wars. But, they quickly discover the brutal realities of life on the frontline, and nothing will ever be the same again.
Younger Readers Shortlist - "Peat is on the run - forced to flee for her life when she's blamed for bringing bad luck to her village. She heads for the endless marshes, where she's caught by an old healer-woman who makes Peat her apprentice and teaches her the skill of storytelling."--Back cover.
Monsters have been infesting London's dark places for centuries, eating every child who gets too close. That's why ten-year-old Birdie McAdam works for Alfred Bunce, the bogler. With her beautiful voice and dainty looks, Birdie is the bait that draws bogles from their lairs so that Alfred can kill them.