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Young People's History Prize ()
Subcategory of New South Wales Premier's History Prize
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Latest Winners / Recipients

2020 winner y separately published work icon The Good Son : A Story from the First World War, Told in Miniature Pierre-Jacques Ober , Jules Ober (illustrator), Alex Mankiewicz (illustrator), Felicity Coonan (illustrator), Massachusetts : Candlewick Press , 2019 15966398 2019 single work graphic novel young adult

'It is Christmastime, 1914, and World War I rages. A young French soldier named Pierre had quietly left his regiment to visit his family for two days, and when he returned, he was imprisoned. Now he faces execution for desertion, and as he waits in isolation, he meditates on big questions: the nature of patriotism, the horrors of war, the joys of friendship, the love of family, and how even in times of danger, there is a whole world inside every one of us. And how sometimes that world is the only refuge. Its publication coinciding with the centennial of the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, this moving and sparely narrated story, based on true events, is reenacted in fascinating miniature scenes that convey the emotional complexity of the tale. Notes from the creators explore the innovative process and their personal connection to the story.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2018 winner y separately published work icon The Fighting Stingrays Simon Mitchell , Melbourne : Penguin Books , 2017 11617727 2017 single work children's fiction war literature historical fiction

'Charlie, Masa and Alf are best mates – loyal and adventurous. They’re the Fighting Stingrays.

'In between school, swimming and fishing on idyllic Thursday Island, they have a ripper time role-playing bombing missions and other war games. But when Japan enters World War II, the Fighting Stingrays are told that one of their own is now the real-life enemy.

'Drawn into a dangerous game of cat and mouse in the Torres Strait, their friendship and loyalties are tested as the threat of invasion looms closer.'  (Synopsis)

2016 winner y separately published work icon One Thousand Hills James Roy , Noel Zihabamwe , Parkside : Omnibus Books , 2016 8852809 2016 single work novel young adult

'Agabande, Rwanda, April 1994. The children in the village are doing childlike things, playing with toys they make themselves, going to school and church on Sunday. Doing their chores. But there are whispers and looks, and messages of hate on the radio, and people are leaving. Pascal is a good boy, trying his best, but the world he knows is about to change forever. ' (Publication summary)

2013 winner y separately published work icon Pennies for Hitler Jackie French , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 2012 Z1869790 2012 single work children's fiction children's historical fiction

'It′s 1939, and for Georg, son of an English academic living in Germany, life is full of cream cakes and loving parents. It is also a time when his teacher measures the pupils′ heads to see which of them have the most "Aryan"-shaped heads. But when a university graduation ceremony turns into a pro-Nazi demonstration, Georg is smuggled out of Germany to war-torn London and then across enemy seas to Australia where he must forget his past and who he is in order to survive.

'Hatred is contagious, but Georg finds that kindness can be, too. The companion piece to Hitler's Daughter, Pennies for Hitler examines the life of a child during World War 2, from a different perspective.' (From the publisher's website.)

2012 winner y separately published work icon Amazing Grace : An Adventure at Sea Stephanie Owen Reeder , Canberra : National Library of Australia , 2011 Z1819139 2011 single work children's fiction children's

'What would you do if a ship was wrecked just off your favourite beach?

'In December 1876, when the steamship Georgette ran aground near Margaret River in Western Australia, teenager Grace Bussell did not hesitate. Accompanied by stockman Sam Isaacs, Grace rode her horse straight into the boiling surf and saved as many people as she could. Like many of the passengers and crew on board the Georgette, Grace was an ordinary person who showed great bravery in an extraordinary situation.

'Step into the fascinating world of nineteenth-century sea travel and pioneering life, as you experience the exciting tale of the Georgette and the remarkable people involved in her final voyage.' (From the publisher's website.)