2012 YABBA Winners

The YABBAs, Young Australian’s Best Book Awards, are Victoria’s annual children’s choice awards and were announced in Melbourne on November 7. The winners of this year’s awards were selected from the Reading & Enjoying Australian Literature (REAL) Awards shortlist, which is the same shortlist used for the COOL (Australian Capital Territory) and KOALA’s (New South Wales).

The YABBA winners for this year are…

Fiction Years 7-9

Phoenix Files: ArrivalPhoenix 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…



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.


Fiction Younger Readers

Alice-Miranda at SchoolAlice-Miranda at School

Jacqueline Harvey

Can one tiny girl change a very big school? Alice-Miranda Highton-Smith-Kennington-Jones is waving goodbye to her weeping parents and starting her first day at boarding school. But something is wrong at Winchesterfield-Downsfordvale Academy for Proper Young Ladies. The headmistress, Miss Grimm, hasn’t been seen for ten years. The prize-winning flowers are gone. And a mysterious stranger is camping in the greenhouse. Alice-Miranda must complete a series of impossible tests.

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Picture Storybooks

Fearless In LoveFearless In Love

Colin Thompson and Sarah Davis

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.

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