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2012 REAL Awards shortlist announced

The shortlist for this year’s Reading & Enjoying Australian Literature (REAL) Awards, which acts as a shortlist for children’s choice book awards in the Australian Capital Territory (COOL Awards), New South Wales (KOALAs) and Victoria (YABBAs), has been announced

The shortlisted titles in each of the categories are:

Picture storybooks

  • Enigma (Graeme Base, Viking)
  • Jewel Fish of Karnak (Graeme Base, Viking)
  • Very Cranky Bear (Nick Bland, Scholastic)
  • Feathers for Phoebe (Rod Clement, Angus & Robertson)
  • The Terrible Plop (Ursula Dubosarsky & Andrew Joyner, Viking)
  • Bus Called Heavan (Bob Graham, Walker Books)
  • Dragon’s Life (Kym & Oliver Lardner, Angus & Robertson)
  • Fearless in Love (Colin Thompson & Sarah Davis, ABC Books)
  • Captain Crabclaw’s Crew (Francis Watts & David Legge, ABC Books)
  • Rat in Stripey Socks (Frances Watts & David Francis, Angus & Robertson).


Fiction for younger readers

  • Selby Sprung (Duncan Ball & Allan Stomann, Angus & Robertson)
  • Extreme Adventure: Killer Whale (Justin D’Ath, Puffin)
  • Mission Fox: Snake Escape (Justin D’Ath & Heath McKenzie, Puffin)
  • Tashi and the Golum (Anna Fienberg, Barbara Fienberg & Kim Gamble, A&U)
  • Just Macbeth! (Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton, Pan)
  • ‘Schooling Around’ series (Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton, Pan)
  • Alice-Miranda at School (Jacqueline Harvey, Random House)
  • Our Australian Girl: Meet Grace (Sophie Laguna & Lucia Masciullo, Puffin)
  • Billie B Brown: The Birthday Mix-Up (Sally Rippin & Aki Fukuoka, Hardie Grant Egmont)
  • Our Australian Girl: Meet Poppy (Gabrielle Wang & Lucio Masciullo, Puffin).


Fiction for older readers

  • Grimsdon (Deborah Abela, Random House)
  • Specky McGee and the Best of Oz (Felice Arena & Garry Lyon, Puffin)
  • Pizza Cake (Morris Gleitzman, Puffin)
  • The 13-Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton, Pan)
  • Just Doomed (Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton, Pan)
  • Conspiracy 365: Revenge (Gabrielle Lord, Scholastic)
  • Ivory Rose (Belinda Murrell, Random House)
  • Thai-riffic! (Oliver Phommavanh, Puffin)
  • The Golden Door (Emily Rodda, Omnibus Books)
  • Floods: Disasterchef (Colin Thompson, Random House).


Fiction for years 7-9

  • Graffiti Moon (Cath Crowley, Pan Macmillan)
  • Thyla (Kate Gordon, Random House)
  • Midnight Zoo (Sonya Hartnett, Viking)
  • Boofheads (Mo Johnson, Walker Books)
  • After (Sue Lawson, Black Dog Books)
  • Finnikin of the Rock (Melina Marchetta, Penguin)
  • Phoenix Files: Arrival (Chris Morphew, Hardie Grant Egmont)
  • Hello God (Moya Simons & Lisa Coutts, Angus & Robertson)
  • Six (Karen Tayleur, Black Dog Books)
  • All I Ever Wanted (Vikki Wakefield, Text).


Children in the ACT, NSW, NT and Victoria now have until October to vote for their favourite books in each category. The winners of the COOL, KOALA, KROC and YABBA awards will be announced in November.



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