Three years is a row! I find it hard to believe, but that’s the situation– I’ve made it onto the REAL Awards (Reading & Enjoying Australian Literature) shortlist for the third year running, thanks to my YOU CHOOSE books.
The REAL awards are a group of state-based awards for children’s literature that are nominated and voted on by kids. The shortlist feeds into three sets of awards – the YABBAs in Victoria; the KOALAs in NSW; and the KROCs in the Northern Territory.
In 2015, You Choose: The Treasure of Dead Man’s Cove was shortlisted in the “Fiction For Younger Readers” section… and it won a YABBA.
In 2016, You Choose: Alien Invaders From Beyond the Stars was shortlisted in the “Fiction For Younger Readers” section… and it got an Honour Award in the KOALAs.
This year it’s You Choose: Alien Invaders From Beyond the Stars again. I am so pleased and honoured and EXCITED! And look at all the other amazing books and authors in the “Fiction For Younger Readers” section along with my book…
- Alice Miranda in China by Jacqueline Harvey
- Billie B Brown: The Bad Butterfly by Sally Rippin, illustrated by Aki Fukuoka
- EJ Spy School: Puppy Alert by Susannah McFarlane, illustrated by Dyani Stagg
- Ella And Olivia: The Christmas Surprise by Yvette Poshoglian, illustrated by Danielle McDonald
- Ella Diaries: Friendship S.O.S by Meredith Costain, illustrated by Danielle McDonald
- Hotdog! by Anh Do, illustrated by Dan McGuiness
- The Bad Guys Episode 2: Mission Unpluckable by Aaron Blabey
- The Gateway: Midnight Mercenary by Cereberus Jones, illustrated by Craig Phillips
- WeirDo: Mega Weird! by Anh Do, illustrated by Jules Faber
How flattering is it to be included in a list like this.
And there’s even more great books across three other sections: “Picture Story Books”, “Fiction for Older Readers” and “Fiction for Years 7-9”. Check out the full list.
And here’s a bit of silliness to finish up with. My alien invasion acceptance vid from the KOALAs last year…