Children’s Book Council of Australia – Young Readers Book of the Year 2016
Here is the list of notable books for the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year: Younger Readers category. This category is full of books that cover a range of topics that fit into our Junior Fiction collection.
The Cleo Stories: A Friend and a Pet by Libby Gleeson, with illustrations by Freya Blackwood
Cleo’s best friend is away, her parents are busy, and there’s nothing to do but count raindrops – or tidy her room. Just when she thinks she’ll never cheer up, Cleo has an idea. In the next story, Cleo longs for a pet but her mum and dad say no. Perhaps the answer is hidden somewhere unexpected…
Soon by Morris Gleitzman
After the Nazis took my parents I was scared. After they killed my best friend I was angry. After I joined the partisans and helped defeat the Nazis I was hopeful. Soon, I said, we’ll be safe. I was wrong. Soon continues the incredibly moving story of Felix, a Jewish boy still struggling to survive in the wake of the liberation of Poland after the end of World War Two.
The 65-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths, with illustrations by Terry Denton
Andy and Terry’s amazing 65-Storey Treehouse now has a pet-grooming salon, a birthday room where it’s always your birthday (even when it’s not), a room full of exploding eyeballs, a lollipop shop, a quicksand pit, an ant farm, a time machine and Tree-NN: a 24-hour-a-day TV news centre keeping you up to date with all the latest treehouse news, current events and gossip. Well, what are you waiting for? Come on up!
The Cut Out by Jack Heath
Fero isn’t a spy…But he looks exactly like someone who is: Troy Maschenov – a ruthless enemy agent…But what starts as a case of mistaken identity quickly turns into a complicated and dangerous plan. Fero is recruited to fight for his country. He will have to impersonate Troy, enter enemy territory, hunt down a missing agent and bring her home in time to prevent a devastating terror attack…Fero is in way over his head. Hastily trained, loaded up with gadgets and smuggled across the border, he discovers the truth about espionage…Getting in is easy. Getting out alive is hard…
300 Minutes of Danger by Jack Heath
George is trapped in a falling aeroplane with no engine and no pilot. Milla is covered with radioactive waste and her hazard suit is running out of air. Otto is in the darkest depths of the ocean, where something hungry is circling . . . 10 dangerous situations. 10 brave kids. 30 minutes to escape.
Run, Pip, Run by J.C. Jones
Pip Sullivan’s tenth birthday was a disaster – and that was only the beginning. With her beloved Sully in hospital and the welfare hot on her heels, Pip needs time, money and a place to stay. She’s determined to stay one step ahead of Senior Constable Molly Dunlop! With help from her friends – including a psychic cat and a canine escape artist – Pip needs to stay out of dreaded foster homes so she can help Sully get better. Run, Pip, Run is a warm-hearted story about a small girl on her own in a big city, but who knows a thing or two about loyalty, bravery and friendship.
Bella and the Wandering House by Meg McKinlay
Bella is very surprised one morning to discover her house has moved in the night – not a lot, just a little. Her parents are too busy to notice, but even they can’t pretend it’s not happening when they wake up to find their house on the banks of a lake. Night after night the house moves and the family wakes to a new location. Unless Bella can solve the mystery, who knows where they’ll end up?
Bridget: A New Australian by James Moloney
Bridget’s family has been turned out of their home during the Irish potato famine and their only refuge is the workhouse where living conditions are hard and freezing and the food sparse. There is one chance for Bridget and her sister – to take a ship to a new country and become Australians. But will they survive the journey, let alone the challenges that await them in a far away land?
Sister Heart by Sally Morgan
A young Aboriginal girl is taken from the north of Australia and sent to an institution in the distant south. There, she slowly makes a new life for herself and, in the face of tragedy, finds strength in new friendships. Poignantly told from the child’s perspective, Sister Heart affirms the power of family and kinship.
Molly and Pim and the Millions of Stars by Martine Murray
Molly’s mother is not like other mothers: she collects herbs and makes potions, perhaps even magical potions. Molly wants to be normal, like her friend Ellen, and watch television and eat food that comes in packets. But when Molly’s mother accidentally turns herself into a tree, Molly turns to the strange and wonderful Pim for help.
Helix and the Arrival by Damean Posner, with illustrations by Jules Faber
What if a wimpy kid was born in the Stone Age? Turning thirteen is when caveboys miraculously change from skinny, hairless, squeaky-voiced cowards (like me) to thick-browed, hair-covered, deep-grunting cavemen (like my best friend Ug). That’s when we’re tested. It’s called the Arrival. You’re supposed to disappear into the woods and return with something big, dangerous or rare – preferably all three. Except I can’t even lift a club above my shoulder. Even with my friends Ug and Saleeka trying to teach me to hunt, I don’t have a chance. If I fail the Arrival, there’ll be an extra line on my family’s stone tablet saying: Helix was banished to the Dark Side because he was a massive embarrassment to his family, as well as any self-respecting caveman on the mountain. So my story might as well end here, but I’ll keep telling it anyway. Charcoal meat on a stick, anyone?
Shadows of the Master by Emily Rodda (Star of Deltora, bk. 1)
Britta of Del wants nothing less than to be the new Apprentice Trader of the Rosalyn fleet. Family and friends and even the terrible secret of her parentage will not stop her. But how can she succeed when her true identity must surely be guessed by Trader Mab, who knew her father, and the crew of the Star of Deltora? Relying on no more than her wits and the kind acts of friends she makes along the way, Britta is drawn closer and closer to her terrible destiny.
The Fourteenth Summer of Angus Jack by Jen Storer, with illustrations by Lucinda Gifford
Since moving to Australia with their father, Angus Jack and his sister, Martha, have moved house constantly. They end up living next door to a peculiar old lady called Reafen, who is a second-hand dealer. To Angus and Martha, Reafen seems harmless enough. But who is she really and where did she get all the weird stuff in her shop? Without his knowledge, Reafen draws Angus into her world; into ancient feuds, Wild Magick and bitter rivalries – into the secret dealings of Vikings and goblins and all those who have livied in the Old Realm. Funny, exhilarating and a little bit scary; a bewitching blend of Norse mythology and urban fantasy from the award-wining author of Tensy Farlow and the Home for Mislaid Children.
The Hush Treasure Book by Karen Tayleur
Welcome to the world of HUSH … a world of magic, wonder and mystery…Created for the Hush Music Foundation, famous for its original music albums used in hospitals all around the world, this book is a treasure trove that will delight and entertain the whole family…A glorious collection of stories, poems and pictures from thirty favourite storytellers