Bookshop-set middle-grade adventure bags multiple prizes
The Grandest Bookshop in the World by Amelia Mellor (Affirm Press)—a middle-grade adventure novel set in Melbourne’s historic Cole’s Book Arcade—has picked up three major book prizes in recent months: the Australian Book Industry Awards Book of the Year for Younger Children the, NSW Premier’s Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children’s Literature, and the Indie Book of the Year Children’s Book Award.
Penny Tangey’s middle-grade novel As Fast as I Can (UQP)—a ‘funny, heartfelt novel about 10-year-old Vivian and her quest to one day become an Olympic middle-distance runner’—has won this year’s Readings Children’s Book Prize, while Meg McKinlay and Matt Ottley’s picture book How to Make a Bird has picked up the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Crystal Kite Award (Australia and NZ division).
The Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards shortlists have also been announced. The winners will be revealed in August.