Forthcoming children’s/YA book reviews: October 2014

» Picture books

On a Small Island (Kyle Hughes-Odgers, Fremantle Press, October), 4.5 stars, reviewed by Sarah Coull
The Wild One (Sonya Hartnett, Viking, October), 4 stars, reviewed by Natalie Crawford

» Young readers

The Cleo Stories: The Necklace and the Present (Libby Gleeson, illus by Freya Blackwood, A&U, October), 4 stars, reviewed by Natalie Crawford

» Young adult

Clariel (Garth Nix, A&U, October), 5 stars, reviewed by Holly Harper
Cooper Bartholomew is Dead (Rebecca James, A&U, October), 4 stars, reviewed by Bec Kavanagh
Nona & Me (Clare Atkins, Black Inc., October), 4 stars, reviewed by Meg Whelan
State of Grace (Hilary Badger, Hardie Grant Egmont, October), 4 stars, reviewed by Heath Graham

Children’s/YA book awards round-up: August

Among the children’s and YA book awards announced in the past month are: the LIANZA Children’s Book Awards; the WA Premier’s Awards shortlists, which includes a category for children’s books; the Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards shortlists; and the Wilderness Society Environment Award for Children’s Literature shortlists. In the UK, the inaugural Booktrust Best Book Awards for children’s books have also been announced.

The 2011 Inkys longlist

The 2011 longlist for the Inky Awards for teenage literature has been announced.

Longlisted Australian titles for the Gold Inky include:

  • Pig Boy (J C Burke, Woolshed Press)
  • Good Oil (Laura Buzo, A&U)
  • Just a Girl (Jane Caro, UQP)
  • The FitzOsbourne’s in Exile (Michelle Cooper, Random House)
  • Graffiti Moon (Cath Crowley, Pan Macmillan)
  • This is Shyness (Leanne Hall, Text)
  • Black Painted Fingernails (Steven Herrick, A&U)
  • Silvermay (James Moloney, HarperVoyager)
  • The Comet Box (Adrian Stirling, Penguin)
  • All I Ever Wanted (Vikki Wakefield, Text)

Longlisted international titles for the Silver Inky include:

  • Clockwork Angel (Cassandra Clare, Walker Books)
  • Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares (Rachel Cohn & David Levithan, A&U)
  • No and Me (Delphine de Vigan, Bloomsbury)
  • Where She Went (Gayle Forman, Doubleday Children’s)
  • Bright Young Things (Anna Godbersen, Puffin)
  • The Agency: The Body in the Tower (Y S Lee, Candlewick Press)
  • Anna and the French Kiss (Stephanie Perkins, Penguin)
  • First Light (Rebecca Stead, Text)
  • Marcelo in the Real World (Francisco Stork, Scholastic)
  • Violence 101 (Denis Wright, Walker Books)

The shortlist is announced 1 September. Readers of will vote for the winning titles and voting is open until 18 October. For more information go here.