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 CBCA Award for New Illustrators. On Tuesday 22 February they announced their notable lists. On 29 March the Shortlist will be announced and on Friday 19 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: Books in this category are for the mature readers and some deal with particularly challenging themes including violence and suicide. Parental guidance is recommended.
The Boy from the Mish by Gary Lonesborough
Can the Real JR Stand Up, Please? by Nadia L. King
Dark Rise by C. S. Pacat
Dirt Circus League by Maree Kimberley
Evacuation Road by H. M. Waugh
The Gaps by Leanne Hall
Girls in Boys’ Cars by Felicity Castagna
Henry Hamlet’s Heart by Rhiannon Wilde
House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland
How to Repaint a Life by Steven Herrick
The Midnight Girls by Alicia Jasinska
Morrison and Mr Moore by Michael Hyde
The Prison Healer by Lynette Noni
Road Tripping with Pearl Nash by Poppy Nwosu
Skin Deep by Hayley Lawrence
Social Queue by Kay Kerr
Stars in Their Eyes by Jessica Walton, with illustrations by Aśka
Sugar Town Queens by Malla Nunn
Terciel and Elinor by Garth Nix
Tiger Daughter by Rebecca Lim
Waking Romeo by Kathryn Barker