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WAYRBA 2021 shortlists announced

The shortlists for the 2021 West Australian Young Readers’ Book Awards (WAYRBA) have been announced.

The shortlisted titles in each category are:

Picture books

  • Pig the Blob (Aaron Blabey, Scholastic)
  • Twelve Days of Kindness (Cori Brooke, illus by Fiona Burrows)
  • Littlelight (Kelly Canby, Fremantle Press)
  • Dharma the Llama (Matt Cosgrove, Scholastic)
  • Anisa’s Alphabet (Mike Dumbleton, illus by Hannah Sommerville, MidnightSun)
  • You’re in Good Paws (Maureen Fergus, illus by Kathryn Durst)
  • Miss Kraken (Nicki Greenberg, A&U)
  • Chip the Lifeguard (Kylie Howarth, Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing)
  • What We’ll Build (Oliver Jeffers, HarperCollins)
  • The Good Egg (Jory John, illus by Pete Oswald, HarperCollins)
  • Along Came a Different (Tom McLaughlin, Bloomsbury)
  • Give Me Back My Bones! (Kim Norman, illus by Bob Kolar, Walker Books)
  • I Go Quiet (David Ouimet, Canongate)
  • Ravi’s Roar (Tom Percival, Bloomsbury)
  • A Mouse Called Julian (Joe Todd-Stanton, Flying Eye)
  • Beast Feast (Emma Yarlett, Walker Books)

Younger readers

  • Dawn of the Underlord: The Bad Guys #11 (Aaron Blabey, Scholastic)
  • Playing Up: Tiny Timmy #11 (Tim Cahill, illus by Heath McKenzie, Scholastic)
  • What’s That in Dog Years? (Ben Davis, illus by Julia Christians, OUP)
  • Ninja Giants: Ninja Kid #6 (Anh Do, Scholastic)
  • The Storm Keeper’s Island (Catherine Doyle, Bloomsbury)
  • The 130-Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton, Pan)
  • Fish Kid and the Mega Manta Ray (Kylie Howarth, Walker Books)
  • Shouting at the Rain (Lynda Mullaly Hunt, Puffin)
  • White Fox (Chen Jiatong, illus by Viola Wang, Chicken House)
  • Maddie in the Middle (Julia Lawrinson, Fremantle Press)
  • The House on Hoarder Hill (Mikki Lish and Kelly Ngai, Chicken House)
  • The Land of Roar (Jenny McLachlan, Egmont)
  • Hotel Flamingo (Alex Milway, Piccadilly Books)
  • Here in the Real World (Sara Pennypacker, HarperCollins)
  • The Lost Heir: Wings of Fire Graphic Novel #2 (Tui T Sutherland & Mike Holmes, Scholastic)
  • Slime (David Walliams, HarperCollins)
  • Stargazing (Jen Wang, First Second)

Older readers

  • Perfect (Cecelia Ahern, HarperCollins)
  • Between Us (Clare Atkins, Black Inc.)
  • The Island (M A Bennett, Hotkey)
  • Hive (A J Betts, Pan)
  • Not If I Save You First (Ally Carter, Scholastic)
  • The January Stars (Kate Constable, A&U)
  • Wink (Rob Harrell, HarperCollins)
  • A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder (Holly Jackson, Egmont)
  • Shadow of the Fox (Julie Kagawa, Harlequin)
  • Robin Hood (Robert Muchamore, Hotkey)
  • Weapon (Lynette Noni, Pantera Press)
  • The Fork, the Witch and the Worm (Christopher Paolini, Puffin)
  • A Map of Days (Ransom Riggs, Penguin)
  • Four Dead Queens (Astrid Scholte, A&U)
  • Book of Chance (Sue Whiting, Walker Books)
  • The Dog With Seven Names (Dianne Wolfer, Random House Australia Children’s).

The WAYRBAs 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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