Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Book of the Year – Older Readers Notable List 2020

Each year the Children’s Book Council of Australia announces their Book of the Year across six categories: Older Readers, Younger Readers, Early Childhood, Eve Pownall Award for Information Books, Picture Book of the Year, and the Crichton Award for New Illustrators. On Tuesday 25 February they announced their notable lists. On 31 March the shortlist will be announced and on Friday 21 August the winners will be announced.

These books represent the very best of Australian writing and illustration. Below is the Notable list for Older Readers. Reserve your copy today.

Entries in this category may be fiction, drama or poetry and should be appropriate in style and content for readers in their secondary years of schooling. Ages 13-18 years.
Note: These books are for the mature readers in this category and some deal with particularly challenging themes including violence and suicide. Parental guidance is recommended.

The Man in the Water by David Burton
Devil’s Ballast by Meg Caddy
The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling by Wai Chim
The Boy Who Steals Houses by C.G. Drews
The Last Balfour by Cait Duggan
How It Feels to Float by Helena Fox
Ghost Bird by Lisa Fuller
The Honeyman and the Hunter by Neil Grant
Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman &, Jay Kristoff
It Sounded Better in My Head by Nina Kenwood
Monuments by Will Kostakis
All That Impossible Space by Anna Morgan
Promise Me Happy by Robert Newton
Angel Mage by Garth Nix
When the Ground is Hard by Malla Nunn
Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte
Invisible Boys by Holden Sheppard
This Is How We Change the Ending by Vikki Wakefield
Take the Shot by Susan White
Impossible Music by Sean Williams

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