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REAL Awards 2019 shortlists announced

The shortlists for the 2019 Reading & Enjoying Australian Literature (REAL) Awards—which act as shortlists for children’s choice book awards in New South Wales (KOALAs), Northern Territory (KROC Awards) and Victoria (YABBAs)—have been announced.

The shortlisted titles in each category are:

Picture story books

  • Crabbing With Dad (Paul Seden, Magabala)
  • Go Go And The Silver Shoes (Jane Godwin, illus by Anna Walker, Viking)
  • Leonard The Lyrebird (Jodie McLeod, illus by Eloise Short, King Street Press)
  • Mopoke (Philip Bunting, Scholastic)
  • Pig The Star (Aaron Blabey, Scholastic)
  • Rodney Loses It! (Michael Gerard Bauer, illus by Chrissie Krebs, Scholastic)
  • Seriously, Do Not Open This Book! (Andy Lee, illus by Heath McKenzie, Lake Press)
  • The Fabulous Friend Machine (Nick Bland, Scholastic)
  • Too Many Cheeky Dogs (Johanna Bell, illus by Dion Beasley, A&U)
  • When I Grow Up (Andrew Daddo, illus by Jonathan Bentley, Scholastic)

Fiction for younger readers

  • Alice Miranda In Scotland (Jacqueline Harvey, Random House)
  • The Bad Guys Episode 7: Do-You-Think-He-Saurus?! (Aaron Blabey, Scholastic)
  • Billie B Brown: The Bully Buster (Sally Rippin, illus by Aki Fukuoka, Hardie Grant Egmont)
  • Ella And Olivia #22: Popstar Sisters (Yvette Poshoglian, illus by Danielle McDonald, Scholastic)
  • Ella Diaries: Double Dare You (Meredith Costain, illus by Danielle McDonald, Scholastic)
  • Hotdog! #5: Camping Time! (Anh Do, illus by Dan McGuinness, Scholastic)
  • Mr Bambuckle’s Remarkables Fight Back (Tim Harris, illus by James Hart, Puffin)
  • Sporty Kids: Little Athletics! (Felice Arena, illus by Tom Jellett, Puffin)
  • The Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee (Deborah Abela, Random House)
  • WeirDo #11: Splashy Weird! (Anh Do, illus by Jules Faber, Scholastic)

Fiction for older readers

  • 52 Mondays (Anna Ciddor, A&U)
  • Fearless Frederic (Felice Arena, Penguin)
  • Finding Serendipity (Angelica Banks, A&U)
  • Funny Kid For President (Matt Stanton, ABC Books)
  • Help Around The House (Morris Gleitzman, Penguin)
  • Nevermoor: The Trials Of Morrigan Crow (Jessica Townsend, Lothian)
  • So Wrong 2 (Michael Wagner & Wayne Bryant, Billy Goat Books)
  • The 104-Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton, Pan)
  • The Forgotten Pearl (Belinda Murrell, Random House)
  • You Choose 6: Alien Invaders From Beyond The Stars (George Ivanoff, Random House)

Fiction for years 7-9

  • A Song Only I Can Hear (Barry Jonsberg, A&U)
  • Akarnae (Lynette Noni, Pantera)
  • Everything I’ve Never Said (Samantha Wheeler, UQP)
  • In The Dark Spaces (Cally Black, Hardie Grant Egmont)
  • Maybe (Morris Gleitzman, Viking)
  • Take Three Girls (Cath Crowley, Simmone Howell & Fiona Wood, Pan)
  • The Build-Up Season (Megan Jacobson, Penguin)
  • The Endsister (Penni Russon, A&U)
  • The Girl From Snowy River (Jackie French, HarperCollins)
  • The Sky So Heavy (Claire Zorn, UQP).


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