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Refugee story takes out Australian YA prize

Zana Fraillon’s YA novel The Bone Sparrow (Hachette) has won the inaugural Readings YA Prize. Fraillon’s novel tells the story of Subhi, a refugee born in a detention centre, who ‘finds hope, curiosity and friendship in hopeless circumstances’, before his optimism is challenged by worsening conditions in the camp. The Bone Sparrow was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize.

Three children’s books have been honoured in this year’s Environment Award for Children’s Literature. They are: Chooks in Dinner Suits (Diane Jackson Hill & Craig Smith, Museum Victoria Publishing) for picture books; Rainforest Camp: Juliet Nearly a Vet Book 12 (Rebecca Johnson, Puffin) for fiction; and Welcome to Country (Aunty Joy Murphy & Lisa Kennedy, Black Dog Books) for nonfiction. The awards celebrate books that ‘foster a love of wild places and wildlife’ and ‘encourage a sense of responsibility for our natural world’.

Several children’s and YA crime/mystery/detective novels have been shortlisted for the Davitt Awards for crime books by Australian women. Shortlisted in the YA category are: Yellow (Megan Jacobson, Penguin), Frankie (Shivaun Plozza, Penguin) and Everything is Changed (Nova Weetman, University of Queensland Press). Shortlisted in the children’s category are: Theophilus Grey and the Traitor’s Mask (Catherine Jinks, Allen & Unwin), Elizabeth and Zenobia (Jessica Miller, Text), Wormwood Mire: A Stella Montgomery Intrigue (Judith Rossell, HarperCollins) and Hoodwinked! Truly Tan Book Five (Jen Storer, HarperCollins).


Category: Think Australian Junior Award-winners