Book of the Year 2012 Winners (Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards)

Recently, the Children’s Book Council of Australia announced the Book of the Year 2012 winners.  These are the results in the Young Adult category:

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Winner:

The Dead I Know by Scot Gardner

Book description (from Goodreads) –

When Aaron gets a job at a funeral home, he surprisingly takes to it. But there are dark secrets hidden in Aaron’s subconscious.

He experiences dangerous bouts of sleepwalking and recurring dreams he can’t explain: a lifeless hand, a lipsticked mouth, a man, a gun…

Can he piece the clues together and figure out the truth of his past?

Published by: Allen & Unwin Australia

Release date: May 2011

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Honour:

A Straight Line to My Heart by Bill Condon

Book description (from Goodreads) –

School is over, not just for the year, but forever. Tiff and Kayla are free, which is what they’ve always wanted, but now summer is nearly at an end and that means life decisions. Tiff is hoping her job at the local paper will lead to something more, but “The Shark” soon puts her straight on what it takes to become a hard-nosed reporter like him.

At home, Reggie—the only grandad she’s ever known—has quit smoking and diagnosed himself as a cactus, and then Kayla hits her with some big news. And into all this stumbles Davey, who plays rugby but quotes Truman Capote, and is the first boy who has ever really wanted to know her. Tiff is smart with words and rarely does tears, but in one short week she discovers that words don’t always get you there; they don’t let you say all the stuff from deep in your heart.

Published by: Allen & Unwin Australia

Release date: August 2011

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Honour:

When We Were Two by Robert Newton

Book description (from Goodreads) –

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.

Published by: Penguin Australia

Release date: October 2011

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Congratulations to Scot Gardner, Bill Condon, and Robert Newton.

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Have you read any of these books?

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