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2013 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), the Northern Territory (KROC Awards) and Victoria (YABBAs), has been announced.

The shortlisted titles in each of the categories are:

Picture storybooks

  • Baby Wombat’s Week (Jackie French, illus by Bruce Whatley, HarperCollins)
  • Ella Kazoo Will Not Brush Her Hair (Lee Fox, illus by Cathy Wilcox, Lothian)
  • A Giraffe in the Bath (Mem Fox & Oliva Rawson, illus by Kerry Argent, Viking)
  • Hunwick’s Egg (Mem Fox, illus by Pamela Lofts, Puffin)
  • The Jewel Fish of Karnak (Graeme Base, Viking)
  • The Little Refugee (Anh & Suzanne Do, illus by Bruce Whatley, A&U)
  • Mirror (Jeannie Baker, Walker Books)
  • Pooka (Carol Chataway & Nina Rycroft, Working Title Press)
  • Two Bad Teddies (Kilmeny Niland, Little Hare)
  • The Very Cranky Bear (Nick Bland, Scholastic)


Fiction for younger readers

  • Alice Miranda Shows the Way (Jacqueline Harvey, Random House)
  • Andy Roid and the Field Trip Terror (Felice Arena, Puffin)
  • Billie B Brown: The Copy Cat Kid (Sally Rippin, HGE)
  • Bungawitta (Emily Rodda, Omnibus)
  • EJ12: Pyramid Puzzle (Susannah McFarlane, Lemonfizz Media)
  • Our Australian Girl: Meet Nellie (Penny Matthews, Puffin)
  • Our Australian Girl: Meet Rose (Sheryl Clark, Puffin)
  • Pizza Cake (Morris Gleitzman, Puffin)
  • The Siege Scare (Frances Watts, illus by Gregory Rogers, A&U)
  • The Golden Door (Emily Rodda, Omnibus)


Fiction for older readers

  • The 26-Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffiths, illus by Terry Denton, Pan)
  • Brotherband: The Outcasts (John Flanagan, Random House)
  • Con-Nerd (Oliver Phommavanh, Puffin)
  • Eric Vale, Epic Fail (Michael Gerard Bauer, illus by Jon Bauer, Scholastic)
  • The Forgotten Pearl (Belinda Murrell, Random House)
  • Just Doomed! (Andy Griffiths, illus by Terry Denton, Pan)
  • Nanberry: Black Brother White (Jackie French, Angus & Robertson)
  • Specky Magee and the Best of Oz (Felice Arena, Puffin)
  • Thai-Riffic! (Oliver Phommavanh, Puffin)
  • The Unlikely Voyage of Jack de Crow (Aj Mackinnon, Black Inc.)


Fiction for years 7-9

  • A Straight Line to My Heart (Bill Condon, A&U)
  • After (Morris Gleitzman, Viking)
  • The Book Thief (Marcus Zusak, Picador)
  • Contact (Chris Morphew, HGE)
  • The Dead I Know (Scott Gardner, A&U)
  • Give Me Four Reasons (Lizzie Wilcox, Little Hare)
  • Grace (Morris Gleitzman, Viking)
  • The Invisible Hero (Elizabeth Fensham, UQP)
  • Shift (Em Bailey, HGE)
  • Stolen (Lucy Christopher, Chicken House).


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



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