Good Reads: Book of the Year Winners!

Posted: July 30, 2010 in Good reads

Want to widen your reading, but not sure where to start?  A great way to find new books to read is to look at which books are winning awards.  Generally, you can be confident that a book which has won a major award or two is going to be pretty good.  It’s also worth having a look at award-winning authors as their other books are often good too.

 Every year, the Children’s Book Council of Australia gives out a Book of the Year award.  Here are the shortlisted books in the ‘older readers’ category from the last few years.  You will be able to find these in the school library.  If you have read one of these books, please make a comment and let us know what you thought of it!



Monster Blood Tattoo Book Two: Lamplighter by D.M. Cornish

Into White Silence by Anthony Eaton

A Rose for the Anzac Boys by Jackie French

Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta

Kill the Possum by James Moloney

*Tales from Outer Suburbia by Shaun Tan



Pharaoh: the boy who conquered the Nile by Jackie French

*The Ghost’s Child by Sonia Hartnett

Marty’s Shadow by John Heffernan

Love like Water by Meme McDonald

Black Water by David Metzenthen

Leaving Barrumbi by Leonie Norrington



*Red spikes by Margo Lanagan

Monster blood tattoo book 1: Foundling by D.M. Cornish

The red shoe by Ursula Dubosarsky

Don’t Call Me Ishmael! by Michael Gerard Bauer

One Whole and Perfect Day by Judith Clarke

My Big Birkett by Lisa Shanahan



*The Story of Tom Brennan by J.C. Burke

No Worries by Bill Condon

Lost Property by James Moloney

Double Exposure by Brian Caswell

Chasing Charlie Duskin by Cath Crowley

It’s Not All About You, Calma! by Barry Jonsberg



*The Running Man by Michael Gerard Bauer

Fireshadow by Anthony Eaton

By the River by Steven Herrick

Secret Scribbled Notebooks by Joanne Horniman

The Whole Business with Kiffo and the Pitbull by Barry Jonsberg

Black Juice by Margo Lanagan



*Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta

Boys of Blood & Bone by David Metzenthen

Mister Monday (Keys to the Kingdom, Bk. 1) by Garth Nix

Burning Eddy by Scot Gardner

Black Taxi by James Moloney

How to Make a Bird by Martine Murray



*The Messenger by Markus Zusak

Painted Love Letters by Catherine Bateson

Walking Naked by Alyssa Brugman

The Girl from the Sea by James Aldridge

The Song of an Innocent Bystander by Ian Bone

Njunjul the Sun by Meme McDonald and Boori Pryor



*Forest by Sonya Hartnett

Mahalia by Joanne Hornimann

When Dogs Cry by Markus Zuzak

Finding Grace by Alyssa Brugman

Yoss by Odo Hirsch

Jinx by Margaret Wild



*Wolf on the Fold by Judith Clarke

Dogs by Bill Condon

Fighting Ruben Wolfe by Markus Zuzak

Thursday’s Child by Sonya Hartnett

The Simple Gift by Steven Herrick

Touch Me by James Moloney


*48 Shades of Brown by Nick Earls

Killing Aurora by Helen Barnes

Borrowed Light by Anna Fienberg

Stripes of the Sidestep Wolf by Sonya Hartnett

Tyro by David McRobbie

Stony Heart Country by David Metzenthen

*= winner for this year

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