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WAYRBA 2018 shortlists announced

The shortlists for the 2018 West Australian Young Readers’ Book Awards (WAYRBA) have been announced.

The shortlisted titles in each category are:

Picture books

  • Torty and the Soldier: A Story of a True WWI Survivor (Jennifer Beck, illus by Fifi Coltson, Scholastic)
  • Even Superheroes Have Bad Days (Shelly Becker, illus by Eda Kaban, Sterling Publishing)
  • Don’t Call Me Bear! (Aaron Blabey, Scholastic)
  • New Year Surprise! (Christopher Cheng, illus by Di Wu, NLA)
  • Boy (Phil Cummings, illus by Shane Devries, Scholastic)
  • Whatcha Building? (Andrew Daddo, illus by Stephen Michael King, HarperCollins)
  • The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors (Drew Daywalt, illus by Adam Rex, HarperCollins)
  • There’s a Big Green Frog in the Toilet (Anh Do, illus by Heath McKenzie, Scholastic)
  • The Travel Bug (Benjamin Gilmour, illus by James Gulliver Hancock, Random House)
  • Chip (Kylie Howarth, Five Mile)
  • Radio Rescue! (Jane Jolly, illus by Robert Ingpen, NLA)
  • We’re All Wonders (R J Palacio, Puffin)
  • Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family’s Journey (Margriet Ruurs & Nizar Ali Badr, UQP)
  • Spark (Adam Wallace, illus by Andrew Plant, Ford Street)
  • The Afghanistan Pup (Mark Wilson, Hachette)
  • Nanna’s Button Tin (Dianne Wolfer & Heather Potter, Walker Books)

Younger readers

  • Riddle Gully Secrets (Jen Banyard, Fremantle Press)
  • Intergalactic Gas: The Bad Guys Book Five (Aaron Blabey, Scholastic)
  • The Lost Twin: Scarlet and Ivy Book One (Sophie Cleverly, HarperCollins)
  • Spooky Weird!: WeirDo Book Nine (Anh Do, Scholastic)
  • Turning Pointes (Emma Freedman, HarperCollins)
  • The 91-Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton, Pan)
  • Alice-Miranda Holds the Key (Jacqueline Harvey, Random House)
  • Welcome to Willowvale: Vet Cadets Book One (Rebecca Johnson, Puffin)
  • Double Down: Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book Eleven (Jeff Kinney, Puffin)
  • Tracy Lacy is Completely Coo-Coo Bananas! (Tania Lacy, Scholastic)
  • Pax (Sara Pennypacker, HarperCollins)
  • The Other Christy (Oliver Phommavanh, Puffin)
  • Epic Adventure (kind of): Tom Gates Book Thirteen (Liz Pichon, Scholastic)
  • Pepsi the Problem Puppy (Sandi Parsons, Faraway Nearby Ink)
  • The Shop at Hoopers Bend (Emily Rodda, HarperCollins)
  • Darkstalker: Wings of Fire: Legends Book One (Tui T Sutherland, Scholastic)
  • Sisters (Raina Telgemeier, Scholastic)
  • The Midnight Gang (David Walliams, HarperCollins)
  • Rent a Bridesmaid (Jacqueline Wilson, Yearling)
  • Battle Royale: Selwood Boys Book One (Tony Wilson, HarperCollins)

Older readers

  • Perfect (Cecelia Ahern, HarperCollins)
  • Within These Walls (Robyn Bavati, Scholastic)
  • Summerlost (Ally Condie, Puffin)
  • Arena 13 (Joseph Delaney, Red Fox)
  • Living on Hope Street (Demet Divaroren, A&U)
  • Pieces of Sky (Trinity Doyle, A&U)
  • The Girl Who Rode the Wind (Stacy Gregg, HarperCollins)
  • Catch the Zolt (Phillip Gwynne, A&U)
  • The Last Time We Say Goodbye (Cynthia Hand, HarperCollins)
  • One Half From the East (Nadia Hashimi, HarperCollins)
  • Ginny Moon (Benjamin Ludwig, HQ)
  • The Novice (Taran Matharu, Square Fish)
  • One of Us is Lying (Karen M McManus, Penguin)
  • All the Bright Places (Jennifer Niven, Penguin)
  • Library of Souls (Ransom Riggs, Quirk Books)
  • Sunny Side Up (Holly Smale, HarperCollins)
  • The Warden’s Daughter (Jerry Spinelli, Random House)
  • Hunted (Meagan Spooner, HarperTeen)
  • Trouble is a Friend of Mine (Stephanie Tromly, Bonnier)
  • Pandemic (Yvonne Ventresca, Skyhorse Publishing)
  • Everything, Everything (Nicola Yoon, Corgi)
  • One Would Think the Deep (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, are currently in print, and are written by a living Australian or overseas author.

For more information about the awards, click here.


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