Four Walker Books Australia titles have made the 2019 CBCA Shortlist

We are thrilled to announce that the following Walker Books Australia titles have made the 2019 CBCA (Children’s Book Council of Australia) Shortlist:

The Book of the Year - Older Readers
Small Spaces – Sarah Epstein

“We don’t pick and choose what to be afraid of. Our fears pick us.”

Tash Carmody has been traumatised since childhood, when she witnessed her gruesome imaginary friend Sparrow lure young Mallory Fisher away from a carnival. At the time nobody believed Tash, and she has since come to accept that Sparrow wasn’t real. Now fifteen and mute, Mallory’s never spoken about the week she went missing. As disturbing memories resurface, Tash starts to see Sparrow again. And she realises Mallory is the key to unlocking the truth to a dark secret connecting them. Does Sparrow exist after all? Or is Tash more dangerous to others than she thinks?

Eve Pownall Award

The Happiness Box: A Wartime Book of Hope
– Mark Greenwood, illustrated by Andrew McLean

In 1942, Sergeant “Griff” Griffin was a prisoner of war. With Christmas approaching, he decided to make a book for the children cooped up in nearby Changi Prison. The book was said to contain the secrets to happiness. But the enemy was suspicious …

Waves – Donna Rawlins, illustrated by Mark Jackson and Heather Potter

Every journey is perilous, every situation heartbreaking. Every refugee is a person forced by famine or war or fear to leave their home, their families, their friends and all they know. Children have travelled on the waves of migration to the shores of Australia for tens of thousands of years. This book tells some of their stories.

CBCA Award for New Illustrator
Dingo – Claire Saxby, illustrated by Tannya Harricks

Can you see her? There – deep in the stretching shadows – a dingo. Her pointed ears twitch. Her tawny eyes flash in the low-slung sun. Dingo listens. Dusk is a busy time. Dusk is the time for hunting.

This lyrical non-fiction picture book is written by award-winning author Claire Saxby and stunningly illustrated by fine artist Tannya Harricks.

The winners will be announced on 16 August – also the launch date for CBCA Children’s Book Week with this year’s theme “Reading is my secret power”.

Walker Books Australia has been bringing the best of children’s publishing to Australia and New Zealand for over 20 years. The company is dedicated to publishing books of unwavering quality for children and young adults to read and treasure. Walker Books Australia is also passionate about the Australian Children’s book industry and is a haven for the most highly talented authors and illustrators, both emerging and award-winning.

Last updated on 26/03/20 at 01:26:03
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