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REAL Awards 2014 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

  • A Bus Called Heaven (Bob Graham, Walker Books)
  • Alphabet Town (Bryan Evans & Kimberly Moon, New Frontier)
  • Annie to the Rescue (Deborah Niland, Puffin)
  • Fiona the Pig’s Big Day (Leigh Hobbs, Puffin)
  • First Day (Andrew Daddo & Jonathan Bentley, ABC Books)
  • Noah Dreary (Aaron Blabey, Viking)
  • The Dreadful Fluff (Aaron Blabey, Viking)
  • The Terrible Plop (Ursula Dubosarsky & Andrew Joyner, Puffin)
  • The Very Brave Bear (Nick Bland, Scholastic)
  • Too Many Cheeky Dogs (Johanna Bell & Dion Beasley, A&U)


Fiction for younger readers

  • Alice-Miranda in Paris (Jacqueline Harvey, Random House)
  • Andy Roid and the Tracks of Death (Felice Arena, Puffin)
  • Billie B Brown: The Best Project (Sally Rippin, Hardie Grant Egmont)
  • EJ12: Kimono Code (Susannah McFarlane, Lemonfizz Media)
  • Extra Time (Morris Gleitzman, Puffin)
  • Extreme Adventures: Monkey Mountain (Justin D’Ath, Puffin)
  • Go Girl!: Style Stars (Chrissie Perry, Sonia Dixon & Danielle McDonald, Hardie Grant Egmont)
  • Meet Grace (Sofie Laguna & Lucia Masciullo, Puffin)
  • The Third Door (Emily Rodda, Omnibus)
  • The Wishbird (Gabrielle Wang, Puffin)


Fiction for older readers

  • Brotherband: The Invaders (John Flanagan, Random House)
  • Con-nerd (Oliver Phommavanh, Puffin)
  • Eric Vale, Epic Fail (Michael Gerard Bauer, illus by Joe Bauer, Scholastic)
  • My Life and Other Stuff I Made Up (Tristan Bancks, illus by Gus Gordon, Random House)
  • Pookie Aleera is Not My Boyfriend (Steven Herrick, UQP)
  • Rangers Apprentice: The Royal Ranger (John Flanagan, Random House)
  • Specky Magee and the Best of Oz (Felice Arena & Garry Lyon, Puffin)
  • The 39-Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffiths, illus by Terry Denton, Pan Macmillan)
  • The Ivory Rose (Belinda Murrell, Random House)
  • WeirDo (Anh Do, illus by Jules Faber, Scholastic)

Fiction for years 7-9

  • The Last Thirteen Book 1: 13 (James Phelan, Scholastic)
  • Doomsday (Chris Morphew, HGE)
  • Finding Serendipity (Angelica Banks, A&U)
  • Hit List (Jack Heath, Pan)
  • My Life as an Alphabet (Barry Jonsberg, A&U)
  • Pennies for Hitler (Jackie French, HarperCollins)
  • Red (Libby Gleeson, A&U)
  • Six Impossible Things (Fiona Wood, Pan)
  • The Whole of My World (Nicole Hayes, Woolshed Press)
  • You Don’t Even Know (Sue Lawson, Black Dog Books).


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. 

In related news, YABBA has received a grant of $15,000 from the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund for a project for authors and illustrators to visit schools across Victoria. In a statement, YABBA said that the grant will fund the Children’s Voice in Australian Fiction—YABBA Ambassadors Project, in which Australian authors and illustrators will visit Victorian schools to ‘engage students with recommending, reading, rating and rewarding Australian fiction’.  

YABBA asked schools, along with authors and illustrators, to submit Expressions of Interest to participate in the project. Successful applicants will be notified in early May, with the school visits to take place in Term 2 and Term 3 this year. Read more about the project here.



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