The Book of the Year Award is the earliest category of Children's Book Council of Australia awards, first presented in 1946.
No award was presented in 1947 or 1949.
This award is valid from 1946-1986.
Use this as the preferred award term for the Children's Book Awards between 1946 and 1951 as there was only this one category of the award during this time.
In 1952, the Picture Book of the Year was created, and in 1982 the Younger Readers category was introduced. References can be linked to these more specific categories otherwise link to the broader Book of the Year Award term until 1986.
In 1987 the Book of the Year Award was subsumed into the Older Readers category, after this time use the Older Readers award category.
A strong-minded old woman struggles with an ancient gnome-like creature for the right to live in the small cottage that she has just bought, on land that the Njimbin has occupied for centuries.
'When his home is destroyed after an attack, Derin sets out to look for his missing father, captured by soldiers of the Citadel. But he is handicapped by his lameness and forced to use a crutch; his only companion on his quest are an old woman, Marna, and a raven which mysteriously attaches itself to him.'
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