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Book of the Year 2013
Transcript of Book of the Year 2013
Picture Story Books
The Ink Bridge
by Neil Grant
A remarkable and gripping story about one refugee boy on a desperate journey from Afghanistan, and the Australian boy who befriends him.
by Margo Lanagan
Sea hearts are a type of shellfish that children gather for their mothers along the blustery shores of Rollrock Island:
The legend of the selkie is an old one, said to originate in remote parts of Scotland and Ireland: a beautiful woman emerges from a seal to enchant a mortal man; if the besotted man is to keep her, he must hide her seal-skin, otherwise she will return to the sea, which she craves.
The Shiny Guys
by Doug Macleod
One night, the shiny guys visit fifteen-year-old Colin Lapsley. They don't speak, but Colin can read their thoughts. They want him to pay for the terrible thing that he has done. When the shiny guys won't go away, Colin is admitted to ward 44. There he discovers an alien world, a powerful weapon, a gentle giant, and a girl who may be able to see what he can see
Creepy and Maud
by Dianne Touchell
Hilarious and heartbreaking, Creepy & Maud charts the relationship between two social misfits, played out in the space between their windows.
Creepy is a boy who watches from the shadows keenly observing and caustically commentating on human folly.
Maud is less certain. A confused girl with a condition that embarrasses her parents and assures her isolation.
Together Creepy and Maud discover something outside their own vulnerability — each other’s. But life is arbitrary; and loving someone doesn’t mean you can save them.
by Vikki Wakefield
Seventeen-year-old Friday Brown is on the run—running to escape memories of her mother and of the family curse. And of a grandfather who’d like her to stay. She’s lost, alone and afraid.
Silence, a street kid, finds Friday and she joins him in a gang led by beautiful, charismatic Arden. When Silence is involved in a crime, the gang escapes to a ghost town in the outback. In Murungal Creek, the town of never leaving, Friday must face the ghosts of her past. She will learn that sometimes you have to stay to finish what you started—and often, before you can find out who you are,
The Wrong Boy
by Suzy Zail
The story of a Jewish girl sent to Auschwitz with her family. She falls in love with the wrong boy the German son of the camp commander.
Hanna is a talented pianist, and the protected second daughter of middle class Hungarian Jews. Relatively late in World War II the Budapest Jews were rounded up and sent to Auschwitz. Hanna and her mother and sister are separated from her father. Her mother becomes increasingly mentally ill until she too is taken away somewhere.
Pennies for Hitler
by Jackie French
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.
by Simon French
Kieran wants to be part of the in-group at school. He wants to be on the football team. He wants to fit in. But then his cousin Bon turns up. Bon doesn’t know anything about fitting in – he looks different, he wears the wrong clothes, and he says weird things. Kieran just wants to ignore Bon, but soon he is forced to make a choice. Which is more important – being popular, or doing the right thing?
by Morris Gleitzman
In the fourth part of Felix's story he faces perhaps his greatest challenge - to find hope when he's lost almost everything, including his parents. As Europe goes through the final agonizing stages of the war, Felix struggles to reconcile hatred and healing. He's helped by a new friend, but if he should lose her as well ...
The children of the king
by Sonya Hartnett
Three children have been sent to live in the countryside, safe from the war in London. When they find two boys hiding in a castle, the past and future come together to make an extraordinary adventure.
A hauntingly beautiful story from one of Australia's most acclaimed writers for adults and children.
The tender moments of Saffron Silk by
Flame-haired Saffron is the youngest of the five Silk sisters. Her family know that she has a talent for becoming Anne of Green Gables or Cleopatra, and that she loves reading myths and legends. But they don't know about the firebirds that come to warn her of terrible headaches. And Saffron doesn't know how to tell them. In a big family, it's easy to be overlooked. But when Saffron is sent to the city to see a specialist, she learns that her family's love for her is deeper than she ever imagined. And that when you're a Silk, miracles are never far from home.
by Ron Brooks/Julie Hunt
A coat abandoned to life as a scarecrow on a strawberry farm sees an opportunity for change when a down and out man passes by. The coat beckons the stranger over and soon the man, recognising the beauty and potential of the coat, is swooping and soaring on an adventure. Together they travel to Big Smoke where, in a cafe, the man discovers the amazing talents of the coat, and of himself, as they play and perform for an adoring audience.
Herman and Rosie
by Gus Gordon
Set in New York, this gorgeous picture book by Gus Gordon is a story about friendship, life in the big city, and following your dreams.
This is a tale about a big city.
It's a tale of hotdogs and music and the summertime subway breeze.
It's a tale of singing on rooftops and toffees that stick to your teeth.
But most of all, it's the tale of Herman and Rosie.
Sophie Scott goes South
by Alison Lester
Sophie Scott is nine, and she’s going to Antarctica with her dad—the captain of the Aurora Australis. It will take two weeks to get there, and they will be staying at Mawson Station for a week before coming home.
This is Sophie’s diary of her trip. But it’s sort of a scrapbook about Antarctica—as well as her diary entries, Sophie includes a detailed map of the ship, and photos of it, too. She describes (and draws) the special cold-weather clothes she has to wear and talks about the strange sounds and sights she sees from the ship. I love the drawings of the people on the ship and at the crew at Mawson Station and also the drawings of the animals and the environment in Antarctica.
by Patricia Mullins/ Glenda Millard
When Sam Tully sees the free-spirited horse Lightning Jack, he dares to ride him. Together they muster a herd of steers into their stable, escape a grazier's deal and fly into the air with Pegasus wings. Then when they are ambushed by the notorious outlaw Ned Kelly, Lightning Jack leaps out of trouble and back to the wilderness. But then Sam can't resist a race and rides Lightning Jack against the ghost of Phar Lap at breakneck speed...Sam's horse is a gallant horse, a midnight horse, a horse in every dream.
A day to remember
by Mark Wilson/ Jackie French
ANZAC Day is the day when we remember and honour ANZAC traditions down the ages, from the first faltering march of wounded veterans in 1916 to the ever-increasing numbers of their descendants who march today.
Containing reference to the many places the ANZACs have fought, and the various ways in which they keep the peace and support the civilians in war-torn parts of the world today, this is a picture book that looks not only at traditions, but also the effects of war.
by Anna Walker
This is the story of a brave chicken on a big adventure.
Peggy lives in a small house in a quiet street.
One blustery day a big gust of wind sweeps down and scoops up leaves,twigs and . . . Peggy!
The wind blows Peggy into the city, where she discovers strange new things, but how will she find her way back home?
The pros and cons of being a frog
by Sue deGennaro
Finding the right animal wasn't easy. It was Camille who finally gave me the idea of being a frog! Frogboy and Camille are best friends but they are very different. Camille speaks in numbers and Frogboy likes to dress up. With Camille's help he finds that dressing up as a frog is perfect for him, but when he tries to convince his friend to be a frog too, his plan goes terribly wrong.
Too many elephants in this house by
Ursula Dubosarsky/Andrew Joyner
In Eric's house there were too many elephants – in the living room, in the kitchen, in the bathroom, even in his bedroom!
The elephants take up a lot of space, but Eric loves every one of them. So when his mum says they have to go, Eric comes up with a clever solution to a very BIG problem . . .
Pookie Aleera is not my boyfriend by
This is a wonderful story told by the members of Class 6A about their school and their lives.
There are a few laugh-out-loud moments and a few moments to make you stop and think, with the overall theme being friendship.