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REAL Awards 2016 shortlists announced

The shortlists for the 2016 Reading & Enjoying Australian Literature (REAL) Awards, which act as shortlists for children’s choice book awards in the New South Wales (KOALAs), Northern Territory (KROC Awards) and Victoria (YABBAs), have been announced.

The shortlisted titles in each of the categories are:

Picture story books

  • Green Tree Frogs (Sandra Kendell, Windy Hollow)
  • Max (Marc Martin, Viking)
  • Mr Huff (Anna Walker, Viking)
  • Pig the Fibber (Aaron Blabey, Scholastic)
  • Rules of Summer (Shaun Tan, Lothian)
  • The Fearsome Frightening Ferocious Box (Frances Watts, illus by David Legge, ABC Books)
  • The Stone Lion (Margaret Wild, illus by Ritva Voutila, Little Hare)
  • The Very Noisy Bear (Nick Bland, Scholastic)
  • Thelma the Unicorn (Aaron Blabey, Scholastic)
  • Too Many Cheeky Dogs (Johanna Bell, illus by Dion Beasley, A&U)

Fiction for younger readers

  • Alice-Miranda at Camp (Jacqueline Harvey, Random House)
  • Billie B Brown: The Second Best Friend (Sally Rippin, illus by Aki Fukuoka, Hardie Grant Egmont)
  • Diary of a Track and Field Titan (Shamini Flint, illus by Sally Heinrich, A&U)
  • Don’t Look Now: Book 4 (Paul Jennings, illus by Andrew Weldon, A&U)
  • EJ Spy School: Puppy Alert! (Susannah McFarlane, illus by Dyani Stagg, Lemonfizz)
  • Ella and Olivia: Sports Carnival (Yvette Poshoglian, illus by Danielle McDonald, Scholastic)
  • Ghost Club: The Haunted School (Deborah Abela, Random House)
  • The Bad Guys Episode 1 (Aaron Blabey, Scholastic)
  • The Vanilla Slice Kid (Adam Wallace & Jack Wodhams, illus by Tom Gittus, Ford Street)
  • You Choose: Alien Invaders from Beyond the Stars (George Ivanoff, Random House)

Fiction for older readers

  • Con-nerd (Oliver Phommavanh, Puffin)
  • My Life and Other Massive Mistakes (Tristan Bancks, illus by Gus Gordon, Random House)
  • Ophelia: Queen of Denmark (Jackie French, HarperCollins)
  • Specky Magee and the Best of Oz (Felice Arena & Garry Lyon, Puffin)
  • Star of Deltora: Shadows of the Master (Emily Rodda, Omnibus)
  • The 65-Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton, Pan)
  • The Forgotten Pearl (Belinda Murrell, Random House)
  • The Mapmaker Chronicles: Race to the End of the World A L Tait, Lothian)
  • Ugly: A Beaut Story about One Very Ugly Kid (Robert Hoge, Lothian)
  • WeirDo: Totally Weird (Anh Do, illus by Jules Faber, Scholastic)

Fiction for years 7-9

  • A Waltz for Matilda (Jackie French, HarperCollins)
  • Don’t Call Me Ishmael (Michael Gerard Bauer, Omnibus)
  • Loyal Creatures (Morris Gleitzman, Viking)
  • My Life as an Alphabet (Barry Jonsberg, A&U)
  • Nona and Me (Clare Atkins, Black Inc.)
  • Six Impossible Things (Fiona Wood, Pan)
  • Soon (Morris Gleitzman, Viking)
  • The Last Thirteen: 1 (James Phelan, Scholastic)
  • Through My Eyes: Naveed (John Heffernan, ed by Lyn White, A&U)
  • Through My Eyes: Zafir (Prue Mason, ed by Lyn White, A&U).


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