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‘Lifel1ke’ wins best sci-fi novel at Aurealis Awards

Jay Kristoff’s YA novel Lifel1k3 (Allen & Unwin)—which is pitched as Romeo and Juliet meets Mad Max meets X-Men—has been named best science-fiction novel at the Aurealis Awards for science-fiction, fantasy and horror writing. Catching Teller Crow (Ambelin Kwaymullina & Ezekiel Kwaymullina, Allen & Unwin) was named best YA novel, The Endsister (Penni Russon, Allen & Unwin) won best children’s fiction and Tales from the Inner City (Shaun Tan, Allen & Unwin) collected awards for best graphic novel/illustrated work and best collection.

At the recent Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs), prizes were presented to the picture book All the Ways to be Smart (Davina Bell & Allison Colpoys, Scribble), junior fiction titles The 104-Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton, Pan) and Jane Doe and the Cradle of All Worlds (Jeremy Lachlan, Hardie Grant Egmont), and the YA novel Whisper (Lynette Noni, Pantera Press).

Leave Taking (Lorraine Marwood, University of Queensland Press) and Dingo (Claire Saxby & Tannya Harricks, Walker Books) shared the prize for children’s literature at the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, while the award for YA went to Amelia Westlake (Erin Gough, Hardie Grant Egmont).


Category: Think Australian Junior Award-winners