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Latest Winners / Recipients

Year: 2018

winner y separately published work icon Within These Walls : My Holocaust Story Robyn Bavati , Lindfield : Scholastic Australia , 2016 9148194 2016 single work children's fiction children's historical fiction

'Whatever is coming, we'll face it together, as a family. As long as we're together, we'll be okay. For Miri and her family, life in Warsaw is full of simple joys. The smell of freshly baked challah, the pink flowers that bloom in their courtyard, the promise of summer holidays, and Fridays when everyone comes together to celebrate Shabbat. But the Nazis have a hold on Europe, and have stepped up their discrimination and attacks on Jews. How can Miri's family stay together, when the invading Nazis come to destroy them? Miri's world closes in on her, as she and her family are forced into the ghetto, where they must try to survive, against impossible odds.' (Publication summary)

Year: 2017

winner y separately published work icon The Smuggler's Curse Norman Jorgensen , Fremantle : Fremantle Press , 2016 9659246 2016 single work children's fiction children's

'Red Read’s life takes an alarming turn when his mother sells him to an infamous smuggler plying his trade off the north-west coast in the closing days of the 19th century. From terrifying encounters with cut-throat pirates to battling the forces of nature in a tropical typhoon, Red is in for the adventure of a lifetime.' (Publication summary)

Year: 2016

winner y separately published work icon Soon Morris Gleitzman , Melbourne : Penguin , 2015 8607248 2015 single work novel young adult war literature (taught in 1 units)

'I hoped the Nazis would be defeated.

And they were.

'I hoped the war would be over.

And it was.

'I hoped we would be safe.

But we aren't.

'Soon continues the incredibly moving story of Felix, a Jewish boy still struggling to survive in the wake of the liberation of Poland after the end of World War Two.' (Publication summary)

Year: 2007

winner y separately published work icon Seven Ancient Wonders Matthew Reilly , Sydney : Macmillan (Pan Macmillan Australia) , 2005 Z1211242 2005 single work novel adventure thriller With global dominance as the prize, nearly every nation on earth is involved in the race to locate the Seven Wonders of the ancient world.

Year: 2004

winner y separately published work icon Saving Francesca Melina Marchetta , Camberwell : Viking , 2003 Z1019212 2003 single work novel young adult (taught in 6 units) 'Sixteen-year-old Francesca could use her outspoken mother's help with the problems of being one of a handful of girls at a parochial school that has just turned co-ed, but her mother has suddenly become severely depressed' (Source: NLA).