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
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
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
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.
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.