2015 - CBCA Book of the Year (Children's Book Council of Australia)

CBCA (Children's Book Council of Australia) Book of the Year Awards are the most prestigious awards in Australian children’s publishing. This year, CBCA celebrates its 70th anniversary with the theme “Books light up our World”. Here's a run down of the different award categories and some titles to watch out for. Read the reviews on our blog: http://blog.booko.com.au/
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The total number of entries for the 2015 Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year was 434. This includes 386 fiction entries and 48 non-fiction. Australian history was once again a dominant theme across many categories, with war and more specifically the 1915 Anzac Gallipoli campaign represented. However, the judges noted that itRead More

Judges Report - Book of the Year Awards 2015 - Reading Time

Book of the Year (Older Readers) Honour book:  The Minnow by Diana Sweeney The Minnow is Diana Sweeney’s first novel.  It had already won an award as an unpublished manuscript (the Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing, in 2013) so it is no surprise that the published version is also a critical success.  Tom is a fourteen-year-old girl adjusting to life after her personal apocalypse – a massive flood that has killed the rest of her family and destroyed much of her town.

The Minnow by Diana Sweeney - WINNER of The Text Prize for Young Adult and Children's Writing,

Book of the Year (Older Readers) Honour book:  Nona and Me by Clare Atkins Rosie is a white girl living in the Aboriginal community of Yirrkala in Arnhem Land.  Her family was adopted into that community years ago; Rosie grew up with Nona, an Aboriginal girl who became her sister – Yapa.  They were inseparable until Nona went away at age nine.

Rosie and Nona are sisters. They are also best friends. It doesn’t matter that Rosie is white and Nona is Aboriginal: their family connections tie them together for life.

Book of the Year (Older Readers) Winner:  The Protected by Claire Zorn Hannah’s sister Katie has been dead nearly a year, irretrievably shattering her family’s lives.  Since then she has been shuttled from psychologist to psychologist – but who wouldn’t have problems when they have a depressed mum, an injured dad and a dead sister?

CBCA Book of the Year Awards 2015 WINNER (Older Readers Category). In a family torn apart by grief and guilt, one girl's struggle to come to terms with years of torment shows just how long old wounds can take to heal.

High on a cliff in the town of Withering-by-Sea stands the faded glory of the Hotel Majestic.  Here, Stella feels stifled by the strict and dull upbringing given her by three dreaded Aunts.  She is constantly getting in trouble for unladylike behaviour, because she prefers adventure to deportment and needlework.  One day, while hiding in the hotel’s Conservatory with her Atlas, she sees a man hiding a package in a potted fern.  Thereafter she is swept along in a mystery that is full of…

High on a cliff above the gloomy coastal town of Withering-by-Sea stands the Hotel Majestic. Inside the walls of the damp, dull hotel, eleven-year-old orphan Stella Montgomery leads a miserable life with her three dreadful Aunts.

The Stone Lion is a poignant story about compassion and selflessness, and also a celebration of libraries. We see and rejoice in the lion’s transformation from heartless and indifferent – unable to comprehend human emotions – to humanity, with the ability to sympathise and the desire to help.

The Stone Lion - Margaret Wild 0 Book Week 2015 Shortlisted - This is a picture book for older children particularly as it deals with the concept of homelessness in a harsh winter environment.

A roomful of bored modern-day students are led to imagine themselves in the midst of the Gallipoli campaign as they observe one minute’s silence.  One minute’s silence is enough to imagine the thousands of wild colonial boys  charging into relentless gunfire; it is also enough to imagine how the Turks felt, trying to defend their homes and their lives, as they watch slouch-hatted strangers run uphill towards them.

Prices for One Minute's Silence by David Metzenthen, Michael Camilleri

Winner: CBCA Picture Book of the Year. My Two Blankets offers a child’s perspective on life as a refugee.  Cartwheel left her home to escape the war, and has sought safety in a new country.  Everything is strange in her new home, making Cartwheel feel isolated and lonely.  She seeks comfort in her own language – her “old blanket” of familiar words and sounds.  Then Cartwheel meets a friendly girl at the park. As their friendship grows, Cartwheel gains new words...

My Two Blankets by Irena Kobald, Freya Blackwood (Illustrator) - Book Week 2015 Shortlisted

This dark mystery-thriller is a departure for Tristan Bancks, previously known for sassy school stories for pre-teens and teens. Ben is a slightly-chubby, slightly-gawky boy who just loves the comfort and security of his bedroom.  Then the Police arrive at Ben’s house looking for his parents. Minutes after they leave, his parents arrive and bundle Ben and his little sister Olive into their car to go on a “holiday”.  But Ben’s parents behave strangely...

Two Wolves: shortlisted CBA Book Week finalist. Resource page

Winner; CBCA Book of the Year - Younger Readers. The Cleo Stories contain two short stories about Cleo, an imaginative six-year-old. The first thing you notice about this book is its beautiful design – thick silky pages packed with full-colour illustrations.  It is halfway between picture book and chapter book, and is perfect for early-to-middle-primary readers. In the first story,’The Necklace’, Cleo desperately wants a necklace of her own, but she will only be given one on her birthday...

Booktopia has The Cleo Stories : The Necklace and the Present, Winner of the 2015 CBCA for Younger Readers by Libby Gleeson. Buy a discounted Hardcover of The Cleo Stories : The Necklace and the Present online from Australia's leading online bookstore.

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