2012 KOALA Award Winners

Every year, young readers from all over New South Wales judge their very own literary awards, known as the KOALA’s. The winners this year were:

Picture Storybooks

Fearless In LoveFearless In Love

Colin Thompson

The only thing Fearless could remember his mother telling him was, ‘Life is much nicer if you love everyone.’ But loving everyone is much more complicated than Fearless had imagined. Until he meets Primrose…A hilarious new picture book about Fearless the bulldog from award-winning duo Colin Thompson and Sarah Davis.



Fiction for 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 for Older Readers

The 13-Storey TreehouseThe 13-Storey Treehouse

Andy Griffiths & 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 for 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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