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‘Nevermoor’ scores industry hat-trick

Jessica Townsend’s Nevermoor (Lothian) has won yet another award—this time the Australian Booksellers Association Booksellers Choice Award, announced on 17 June. The children’s book has previously taken out Book of the Year at the Australian Book Industry Awards and was also voted Book of the Year by Australian independent booksellers at the Indie Book Awards.

Another industry prize, the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award, was also announced recently. Presented by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, the members’ choice award in the Australian and New Zealand division went to The Scared Book (Debra Tidball, illus by Kim Siew, Lothian), which has also been listed as a Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Notable Book for 2018.

Speaking of New Zealand, the finalists in the NZ Book Awards for Children’s and YA have been announced.

Finally, look no further than the Readings Young Adult Prize shortlist for a round-up of the best YA titles to come out of Australia. Judged by booksellers, and with a teen advisory board to be consulted in deciding the winner, the award is presented by independent bookselling chain Readings. You can find the six shortlisted books here.


Category: Think Australian Junior Award-winners