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2012 winner y separately published work icon The Invisible Hero Elizabeth Fensham , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2011 Z1788718 2011 single work children's fiction children's 'Philip has spent his whole life at school either being invisible or being called stupid. He's used to being the loner, the odd one out, the boy who lives with his nan.

So when Philip's class is given a school assignment to write about heroes and villains, the project causes conflict in the classroom as everyone weighs in on the debate.

For the first time, Philip has the opportunity to shine in school but can he convince the class that being different is not necessarily a bad thing and that heroes have many disguises?' (Publisher's blurb)
2011 winner y separately published work icon Now Morris Gleitzman , Camberwell : Viking , 2010 Z1691367 2010 single work children's fiction children's 'Set in the current day, this is the final book in the series that began with Once, continued with Then and is... Now. Felix is a grandfather. He has achieved much in his life and is widely admired. He has mostly buried the painful memories of his childhood, but they resurface when his granddaughter Zelda comes to stay with him. Together they face a cataclysmic event armed only with their with gusto and love - an event that helps them achieve salvation from the past, but also brings the possibility of destruction.' (From the publisher's website.)
2009 winner y separately published work icon Pearl Verses the World Sally Murphy , Newtown : Walker Books Australia , 2009 Z1607159 2009 single work children's fiction children's (taught in 2 units)

'A moving illustrated verse novel about a girl dealing with isolation at school, and with her grandma’s illness at home.

'At school, Pearl feels as though she is in a group of one. Her teacher wants her to write poems that rhyme but Pearl’s poems don’t. At home, however, Pearl feels safe and loved, but her grandmother is slowly fading, and so are Mum and Pearl. When her grandmother eventually passes away, Pearl wants life to go back to the way it was and refuses to talk at the funeral. But she finds the courage to deliver a poem for her grandmother that defies her teacher’s idea of poetry – her poem doesn’t rhyme; it comes from the heart.' (Publication summary)

2009 winner y separately published work icon Noodle Pie Ruth Starke , Norwood : Omnibus Books , 2008 Z1452665 2008 single work children's fiction children's "It’s Andy’s first trip on an airplane when he and his dad travel to Vietnam to meet all his relatives. Talk about culture shock! Everyone calls him by his Vietnamese name instead of Andy and he is stunned to discover the family restaurant is nothing like what he expected. Somehow though, Andy helps his Vietnamese family and his dad come to see things in a new way." (Source: Amazon)
2008 winner y separately published work icon Stride's Summer Jenni Overend , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2007 Z1410120 2007 single work children's fiction children's

'After his dad dies in a fishing accident, Stride turns to Ferd, his dad's pet bird, for comfort. He's determined to make sure nothing in his life changes so dramatically ever again. But soon Ferd makes a new friend - a girl! - and Stride's mother makes unsettling plans, and suddenly everything safe and familiar in his world spirals dangerously out of control...

'This summer, Stride has to overcome more than just his grief for his father - he has to learn to let go, trust others and even put his own life at risk. And he has to find a way to accept that change isn't always a huge and terrible thing.

'A coming-of-age novel about a boy, a bird and a bond that even a bushfire can't break.' (Publisher's blurb)

2007 winner y separately published work icon Doubting Thomas Morris Gleitzman , Camberwell : Penguin , 2006 Z1308968 2006 single work children's fiction children's

'The truth is . . .

'Thomas has an embarrassing secret.

'Is it a rare and special gift or the worst thing that could happen to a boy?

'A story about best friends, surprising adventures and itchy nipples.' (Publication summary)

2006 winner y separately published work icon Naked Bunyip Dancing Beth Norling (illustrator), Steven Herrick , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2005 Z1206793 2005 single work children's fiction children's humour (taught in 1 units)
2005 winner y separately published work icon By the River Steven Herrick , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2004 Z1170535 2004 single work novel young adult (taught in 2 units)

'Harry Hodby lives in a sleepy town on the bend of a sluggish river in Australia. Harry spends most of his time swimming in Pearce Swamp, eating watermelon with his brother and dad, escaping schoolyard bullies, being in love with the secretary, and racing through butterflies in Cowpers Paddock. But life in this small river town isn't always easy. Harry's mother died when he was seven, and his friend Linda was swept away in a flood. Harry yearns to leave town even though he knows that people who get away never come back. His father has told him how to get out of town, but there's a mystery that he needs to solve before he can go...'

Source: Publisher's blurb (Front Street ed.)