Congratulations! CBCA Awards 2012

We congratulate our authors and illustrators after today’s CBCA Award Announcement! 

Winner – Eve Pownall Book of the Year Award 

One Small Island AUTHOR: ALISON LESTER/CORAL TULLOCH

Macquarie Island lies in the Southern Ocean, between Antarctica and New Zealand. A speck of green in the vast, windswept sea, it is a haven for many creatures that live above and below the waves.

In One Small Island, Alison Lester and Coral Tulloch bring us the story of this remote and precious World Heritage Site. Together they explore the island’s unique geological beginnings, discovery and degradation at the hands of humans, and the battle to restore it today.

This beautifully presented book leaves us with an important question: can Macquarie Island and places like it be saved?

Early Childhood Book of the Year 2012 Honour Book

Come Down, Cat! AUTHOR: SONYA HARTNETT /ILLUSTRATOR: LUCIA MASCIULLO

The day is ending, night is falling, and Nicholas’s cat won’t come down. High on the roof she licks her paws while Nicholas worries about her up there all alone. How does he coax her into the safe, warm house? She doesn’t even want to come down from the roof… or does she?

From the combined talents of Sonya Hartnett and Lucia Masciullo comes this tale of friendship and bravery, and the things we are capable of doing for those we treasure most.

Older Readers Book of the Year 2012 Honour book

When We Were Two AUTHOR: ROBERT NEWTON

Dan had to go,
He felt he had no choice,
but leaving home was never
going to be easy . . .

Dan and his brother Eddie take off for the coast, in search of their lost mother, in search of a better life . . . but it’s a long road they face and Dan must use all his wits to get them there in one piece.

When they are taken under the wings of a group of would-be soldiers marching over the mountains to join up for the Great War, Dan and Eddie’s journey becomes something quite unexpected. The experiences they share will shape their future beyond recognition.

This extraordinary rite of passage is a powerful, heart-rending story – Robert Newton at his very best.

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