2012 COOL Award Winners

This year’s awards were presented last night at an event at the Gungahlin Library in Canberra hosted by winner of the Fiction Older Readers category Andy Griffiths.

The COOL Awards are the Australian Capital Territory’s annual children’s choice awards. The winners of this year’s awards were selected from the Reading & Enjoying Australian Literature (REAL) Awards shortlist, which also used for the YABBA’s and KOALA’s. The winners are….

Picture Storybooks

The Terrible PlopThe Terrible Plop

Ursula Dubosarsky & Andrew Joyner

An irresistible picture book about a little rabbit who learns that some things in life aren’t as scary as they seem. Based on a Tibetan myth, a sound in the forest sets all the animals running for their lives from the Terrible Plop. Children will be charmed by the wonderful zany energy of the illustrations and the rollicking rhyming story.


Fiction Younger Readers

Tashi and the GolemTashi and the Golem

Anna Fienberg, Barbara Fienberg & Kim Gamble

The Baron’s nephew Bang-Bang is going to take over Wise-as-an-Owl’s fresh water spring, which he uses for his medicines, so Tashi and his friends use clay and magic to make a golem who will give the bully Bang-Bang a good scare. But will their great big Golem obey them? And can Tashi rescue Ah Chu’s Little Sister when Bang Bang’s trouble-making brother gives her away to the River Pirate?
Sometimes there’ s no time to think – Tashi just has to act fast!


Fiction Older Readers

The 13-Storey TreehouseThe 13-Storey Treehouse

Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton

Who wouldn’t want to live in a treehouse? Especially a 13-storey treehouse that has a bowling alley, a see-through swimming pool, a tank full of sharks, a library full of comics, a secret underground laboratory, a games room, self-making beds, vines you can swing on, a vegetable vaporiser and a marshmallow machine that follows you around and automatically shoots your favourite flavoured marshmallows into your mouth whenever it discerns you’re hungry. Two new characters – Andy and Terry – live here.

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Fiction Years 7-9

The Phoenix Files: ArrivalThe Phoenix Files: Arrival

Chris Morphew

Luke is having a rough year. He has moved with his mum to Phoenix, a tiny town in the middle of nowhere, built from the ground up by the enigmatic Shackleton Co-operative. There are no cars, no phone lines, and a private security force instead of police…

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