Governor General’s 2016 Finalists

The finalists for the Governor General’s Literary Awards have been announced and the winners will be revealed on October 25th. Two of the categories are specifically for younger readers. Here are the finalists for those categories:


Calvin The Emperor of Any Place

Calvin by Marine Leavitt

The Emperor of Any Place by Tim Wynne-Jones

Once, in a Town Called Moth A Thousand Nights (A Thousand Nights, #1)

Once in a Town Called Moth by Trilby Kent

A Thousand Nights by EK Johnston

The Unquiet

The Unquiet by Mikaela Everett



The Branch A Hungry Lion, or A Dwindling Assortment of Animals

The Branch by Mireille Messier and Pierre Pratt

A Hungry Lion or A Dwindling Assortment of Animals by Lucy Ruth Cummins

Ooko Tokyo Digs a Garden

Ooko by Esme Shapiro

Tokyo Digs a Garden by Jon-Erik Lappano and Kellen Hatanaka

The White Cat and the Monk: A Retelling of the Poem “Pangur Bán”

The White Cat and the Monk by Jo Ellen Bogart and Sydney Smith

Prime Minister’s Literary Awards Shortlists

The shortlists for the Australian Prime Minister’s Literary Awards for 2016 have been announced. The awards cover Australian literature in a variety of categories with two of them focused on younger readers. Here are the shortlists for those categories:


Adelaide's Secret World The Greatest Gatsby: A Visual Book of Grammar

Adelaide’s Secret World by Elise Hurst

The Greatest Gatsby: A Visual Book of Grammar by Tohby Riddle

Mr Huff Perfect

Mr. Huff by Anna Walker

Perfect by Danny Parker and Freya Blackwood

Sister Heart

Sister Heart by Sally Morgan



Becoming Kirrali Lewis Green Valentine

Becoming Kirrali Lewis by Jane Harrison

Green Valentine by Lili Wilkinson

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1) In-Between Days

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

In Between Days by Vikki Wakefield

A Single Stone

A Single Stone by Meg McKinlay