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REAL Awards 2015 shortlists announced

The shortlists 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), have been announced.

The shortlisted titles in each of the categories are:

Picture storybooks

  • King Pig (Nick Bland, Scholastic)
  • Max (Marc Martin, Viking)
  • Mr Chicken Lands on London (Leigh Hobbs, A&U)
  • My Uncle’s Donkey (Tohby Riddle, Puffin)
  • Noni the Pony (Alison Lester, A&U)
  • Pig the Pug (Aaron Blabey, Scholastic)
  • The Fearsome Frightening Ferocious Box (Frances Watts, illus by David Legge, ABC Books)
  • The Tall Man and the Twelve Babies (Tom Niland Champion & Kilmeny Niland, illus by Deborah Niland, A&U)
  • The Terrible Plop (Ursula Dubosarsky, illus by Andrew Joyner, Puffin)
  • Tortoise and the Hair (P Crumble, illus by Louis Shea, Scholastic)


Fiction for Younger Readers

  • Alice Miranda in Japan (Jacqueline Harvey, Random House)
  • Andy Roid and the Avalanche of Evil (Felice Arena, Puffin)
  • Billie B Brown: The Bully Buster (Sally Rippin, illus by Aki Fukuoka, Hardie Grant Egmont)
  • Don’t Look Now Book 4 (Paul Jennings & Andrew Weldon, A&U)
  • EJ12: Time to Shine (Susannah McFarlane, Lemonfizz Media)
  • Our Australian Girl: Meet Grace (Sofie Laguna, illus by Lucia Masciullo, Puffin)
  • Our Australian Girl: Meet Letty (Alison Lloyd, illus by Lucia Masciullo, Puffin)
  • Pizza Cake (Morris Gleitzman, Puffin)
  • The Lost Circus: The Last Elephant (Justin D’Ath, Puffin)
  • You Choose: The Treasure of Dead Man’s Cove (George Ivanoff, Random House)


Fiction for Older Readers

  • Brotherband: The Slaves of Socorro (John Flanagan, Random House)
  • Con-Nerd (Oliver Phommavanh, Puffin)
  • Eric Vale: Super Male (Michael Gerard Bauer, illus by Joe Bauer, Scholastic)
  • My Life and Other Stuff I Made Up (Tristan Bancks, illus by Gus Gordon, Random House)
  • New City (Deborah Abela, Random House)
  • Pookie Aleera Is Not My Boyfriend (Steven Herrick, UQP)
  • Specky Magee and the Best of Oz (Felice Arena & Garry Lyon, Puffin)
  • The 52-Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton, Pan)
  • The Sequin Star (Belinda Murrell, Random House)
  • WeirDo: Extra Weird (Anh Do, illus by Jules Faber, Scholastic)


Fiction for Year 7-9

  • Fire in the Sea (Myke Bartlett, Text)
  • My Life As an Alphabet (Barry Jonsberg, A&U)
  • The Last Thirteen: 12 (James Phelan, Scholastic)
  • The Sky So Heavy (Claire Zorn, UQP)
  • The Wrong Boy (Suzy Zail, Black Dog Books)
  • Through My Eyes: Naveed (John Heffernan & Lynette White, A&U)
  • Through My Eyes: Shahana (Rosanne Hawke & Lynette White, A&U)
  • Two Wolves (Tristan Bancks, Random House)
  • When We Were Two (Robert Newton, Penguin)
  • Wildlife (Fiona Wood, Pan).


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