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WAYRBA 2017 shortlists announced

The shortlists for the 2017 West Australian Young Readers’ Book Awards (WAYRBA) have been announced.

The shortlisted titles in each category are:

Picture books

  • Thelma the Unicorn (Aaron Blabey, Scholastic)
  • The Cat Wants Custard (P Crumble, illus by Lucinda Gifford, Scholastic)
  • The White Mouse: The Story of Nancy Wake (Peter Gouldthorpe, Omnibus)
  • How the Sun Got to Coco’s House (Bob Graham, Walker Books)
  • Tidy (Emily Gravett, Macmillan)
  • Boomerang and Bat (Mark Greenwood, illus by Terry Denton, A&U)
  • Fish Jam (Kylie Howarth, Five Mile)
  • The Day the Crayons Came Home (Oliver Jeffers & Drew Daywalt, HarperCollins)
  • Do Not Open This Book (Andy Lee, illus by Heath McKenzie, Lake Press)
  • What’s Up Mumu? (David Mackintosh, HarperCollins)
  • Me, Teddy (Chris McKimmie, A&U)
  • Pandamonia (Chris Owen, illus by Chris Nixon, Fremantle Press)
  • A Beginner’s Guide to Bear Spotting (Michelle Robinson, illus by David Roberts, Bloomsbury)
  • Mike I Don’t Like (Jol & Kate Temple, illus by Jon Foye, ABC Books)

Younger readers

  • Teresa: A New Australian (Deborah Abela, Scholastic)
  • Double Dare You: Ella Diaries Book One (Meredith Costain, Scholastic)
  • Anyone but Ivy Pocket (Caleb Krisp, Bloomsbury)
  • Brobot (James Foley, Fremantle Press)
  • Escape from Mr Lemoncello’s Library (Chris Grabenstein, Random House)
  • The 78-Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffiths, illus by Terry Denton, Pan)
  • Sister Heart (Sally Morgan, Fremantle Press)
  • Roses are Blue (Sally Murphy, Walker Books)
  • Dragonfly Song (Wendy Orr, A&U)
  • Boy X (Dan Smith, Chicken House)
  • No Rules: Friday Barnes Book Four (R A Splatt, Random House)
  • Hoodwinked! Truly Tan Book Five (Jen Storer, ABC Books)
  • Race to the End of the World: The Mapmaker Chronicles (A L Tait, Lothian)
  • Grandpa’s Great Escape (David Walliams, HarperCollins)

Older readers

  • Flawed (Cecelia Ahern, HarperCollins)
  • The Pain, My Mother, Sir Tiffy, Cyber Boy and Me (Michael Gerard Bauer, Omnibus)
  • The War That Saved My Life (Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, Text)
  • The School for Good and Evil (Soman Chainani, HarperCollins)
  • The Call of the Wild: Choose Your Own Ever After (Julie Fison, HGE)
  • Risk (Fleur Ferris, Random House)
  • One True Thing (Nicole Hayes, Random House)
  • The Smuggler’s Curse (Norman Jorgensen, Fremantle Press)
  • Finding Audrey (Sophie Kinsella, Random House)
  • Illuminae (Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff, A&U)
  • Auggie and Me (R J Palatio, Random House)
  • The Road to Winter (Mark Smith, Text)
  • Green Valentine (Lili Wilkinson, A&U)
  • Opal Plumstead (Jacqueline Wilson, Corgi)
  • The Shark Caller (Dianne Wolfer, Random House)
  • The Sky So Heavy (Claire Zorn, UQP).

The WAYRBA are voted on by young readers from across Western Australia. Books are eligible to be nominated if they were published within the past five years and are currently in print.

In 2016, Pig the Fibber (Aaron Blabey, Scholastic) won in the picture book category; The 65-Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton, Pan) for younger readers; and Soon (Morris Gleitzman, Viking) in the older readers category. A is for Australia (Frane Lessac, Walker Books) won the Hoffman Award, which is presented to the highest ranked West Australian author.

For more information about the awards, click here.


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