Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Book of the Year – Older Readers Notable List 2019

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 26 February they announced their notable lists. On 26 March the shortlist will be announced and on Friday 16 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.

Between Us by Clare Atkins
Hive by A.J. Betts
Small Spaces by Sarah Epstein
Lenny’s Book of Everything by Karen Foxlee
Changing Gear by Scot Gardner
The Things That Will Not Stand by Michael Gerard Bauer
Girl Running, Boy Falling by Kate Gordon
Amelia Westlake by Erin Gough
The Finder by Kate Hendrick
P is for Pearl by Eliza Henry-Jones
The Bogan Mondrian by Steve Herrick
A Song Only I Can Hear by Barry Jonsberg
The Art of Taxidermy by Sharon Kernot
Catching Teller Crow by Ambelin Kwaymullina and Ezekiel Kwaymullina
Inside the Tiger by Hayley Lawrence
White Night by Ellie Marney
Liberty by Nikki McWatters
Tales From The Inner City by Shaun Tan
After the Lights Go Out by Lili Wilkinson
The Happiness Quest by Richard Yaxley *not currently available at the library