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Book deals offered to four authors shortlisted for 2017 Text Prize

The shortlist has been announced for the 10th annual Text Prize for Young Adult & Children’s Writing.

For the first time, all four authors shortlisted for the prize have been offered book deals.

The shortlisted authors and their works are:

  • Adam Cece for ‘The Extremely Weird Thing That Happened in Huggabie Falls’, a ‘laugh-out-loud madcap adventure for middle-grade readers that turns weirdness upside down’.
  • Sharon Kernot for ‘The Art of Taxidermy’, a YA verse novel that tells the story of ‘a young girl grieving the death of her mother and finding comfort in her fascination with taxidermy, an interest that her well-intentioned aunt would prefer she abandon’.
  • Brendan Lawley for ‘Bonesland’, a ‘wild ride for young adults through the small-town agonies of adolescence—sex, drugs, love and hip hop’.
  • Carly Nugent for ‘The Peacock Detectives’, a middle-grade novel in which ‘Cassie wants to solve the riddle of the disappearance of two peacocks … but while she follows the trail of peacock clues, mysteries about her family and friends lead her on different paths’.

The shortlisted works were chosen from over 300 entries. The winner will be announced in Melbourne on 3 May.

For more information on the shortlisted authors and titles, visit the Text website here.


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