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2011 winner y separately published work icon Just a Dog Michael Gerard Bauer , Malvern : Omnibus Books , 2010 Z1719850 2010 single work children's fiction children's

'Discover one child's view of the difference a dog can make. Mr Mosely isn't a pedigreed dog, but he is just the dog Corey and his family want: he is loyal, protective and loving. And he is much more than that. He might well be the one thing that holds them all together.' (Publication summary)

2010 winner y separately published work icon Toppling Sally Murphy , London Sydney : Walker Books [London] Walker Books Australia , 2010 Z1700315 2010 single work children's fiction children's

'Now that John's best friend is sick, hanging out with his pals isn't the same. But what can they do? A kid-friendly story of silliness, sadness, and solidarity. John lives for that satisfying clink of dominoes as they topple in a perfectly timed rhythm of his own design. His sister thinks he's a dork, but all he cares about is setting the world record for knocking down dominoes -- that and hanging out with his best friends at school. But when his closest friend, Dom, gets sick and ends up in the hospital, John and the gang are left behind, wondering what to do for him. Author Sally Murphy shows what a group of friends, together with an unlikely ally, will do to keep the world of one of their own from toppling.' (Publication summary)

2009 winner y separately published work icon Little Blue Gaye Chapman , Gaye Chapman (illustrator), Surry Hills : Little Hare Books , 2008 Z1540670 2008 single work picture book children's Based on characters depicted in the Chinese-inspired willow pattern china, this is an endearing story of Will who tries to help a little blue girl lost in the woods. When they fail to find her way home, he invites her home with him only to find that their homes are one and the same place. (Source: Asia Bookroom)
2008 winner y separately published work icon The Peasant Prince Cunxin Li , Anne Spudvilas (illustrator), Camberwell : Viking , 2007 Z1435037 2007 single work picture book children's (taught in 1 units) 'In a poor village in northern China, a small boy is about to be taken away from everything he's ever known. He is so afraid, but his mother urges him to follow his dreams. For soon he will become a dancer, one of the finest dancers in the world...' (Publisher's blurb)
2007 winner y separately published work icon Layla, Queen of Hearts Glenda Millard , Sydney : ABC Books , 2006 Z1274394 2006 single work children's fiction children's

When Griffin and Layla's school announces a Senior Citizens' Day, Layla is at a loss. Who can she take? Griffin offers to share his grandmother, Nell, but Layla desperately wants someone of her own. So Nell introduces Layla to the delightful Miss Amelie and a small but significant miracle occurs. (Back cover.)

2006 winner y separately published work icon The Slightly Bruised Glory of Cedar B. Hartley (Who Can't Help Flying High and Falling in Deep) Martine Murray , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2005 Z1217566 2005 single work children's fiction children's 'Once I was a skinny redhead with a dog called Stinky and a lot of things to find out. Then I met Kite. Kite showed me how to be an acrobat, and I showed him some stuff too. Because I'm always having ideas. I can't help it. Like it was my idea to make a circus with all the others, but, to tell you the truth, I don't know whose idea the kiss was. Some things just happen. Some things are glorious and make you feel like you might just fall in love and some things are terrible, like what happened at the rehearsal. Kite looked at me and I knew a terrible terrible thing was about to happen. I'd better tell you the whole story' (Source: publisher's webiste).
2005 winner y separately published work icon Camel Rider Prue Mason , Camberwell : Puffin , 2004 Z1141375 2004 single work novel young adult adventure 'Prue Mason's first novel, Camel Rider, is based on her experiences of living in the Middle East. This fast paced adventure story about two boys from different worlds deals with relevant issues facing us all today - how east and west need to learn to live together so we can all survive.'
2004 winner y separately published work icon Dragonkeeper Carole Wilkinson , Fitzroy : Black Dog Books , 2003 Z1059200 2003 single work children's fiction children's fantasy (taught in 2 units) In Ancient China during the Han Dynasty a slave girl saves the life of an ageing dragon and escapes her brutal master. Pursued by a ruthless dragon hunter, the girl and the dragon cross China, carrying with them a mysterious stone that must be protected.
2003 winner y separately published work icon Rain May and Captain Daniel Stranded in Boringsville Catherine Bateson , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2002 Z985181 2002 single work children's fiction children's Rain May and her mum escape their old inner-city life for a dream house in the country. But there are more than a few surprises in store - like discovering a platypus or the fun of fridge poetry and phenomenally bright eleven-year-old, Captain Daniel, who lives next door. Together these unlike friends adventure where no one has gone before. (Source: Trove)
2002 winner y separately published work icon Blat Magic Michael Stephens , Pymble : HarperCollins , 2001 Z945677 2001 single work children's fiction children's adventure fantasy