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  • Star Jumps

    By Lorraine Marwood

    Paperback, AUS $15.99, NZ $17.99
    A warm narrative verse-novel about a family’s life on the farm during harsh times.

  • Lorraine Marwood

    Lorraine Marwood was born and raised in rural Victoria and has lived for most of her married life on a dairy farm with her husband and their six children.

Walker Books Australia congratulates Star Jumps by Lorraine Marwood winner of the 2010 Prime Ministers Literary Award - Children’s Fiction

Walker Books is thrilled to announce author LORRAINE MARWOOD has won the prestigious Prime Minister’s Literary Awards – Children’s Fiction category for her 2010 verse novel STAR JUMPS.

“We’re delighted with this award win because we hold great faith in the need to publish good children’s poetry,” said Sarah Foster, Managing Director and Publisher of Walker Books Australia who declares a personal commitment to this book. “There’s no gimmicks; I recognised fine quality writing that needed to be published.”

Lorraine Marwood is one of Australia’s foremost poets. As a Bendigo, Victoria resident, Lorraine writes with an authentic rural voice, having lived and brought up six children on a dairy farm in Victoria. She believes that verse novels provide wonderful opportunities for writers to express emotional issues in a spare way that is accessible to children on all different levels.

“I’m really thrilled,” says a very excited Lorraine just after her award win. “I believe it’s important for pieces of Australia’s history and lifestyle to be reflected in our children’s literature and I also wanted to convey that even in times of drought and hardship there can still be times of joy!”

The category of Children’s Fiction was only incorporated into the Prime Minster’s Literary Awards this year, in addition to the introduced category of Young Adult Fiction.

Star Jumps is a verse novel told through the eyes of a young girl depicting the joys and heartbreaks of a farming family as they struggle to cope with the devastating effects of long-term drought. According to the judges, it was the ‘surprise package’ in the list and the voice in which it is written is appealing, authentic and irresistible.

“The Prime Minister's Literary Awards celebrate the contribution of Australian literature to the nation's cultural and intellectual life. The awards, held annually, recognise literature's importance to our national identity, community and economy.”

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