I am literally bursting with excitement that Alice-Miranda in Japan and Clementine Rose and the Seaside Escape have both been shortlisted in this year’s Australian Book Industry Awards known as the ABIAs. It is the third year that Alice-Miranda has been shortlisted but a first for Clemmie and I am so thrilled and humbled to have such incredible support from the Australian Book Industry especially the booksellers around the country. Of course I am in exalted company (see the full list below) and I can’t believe that having spent years reading books by Morris Gleitzman, Andy Griffiths, Graeme Base and Leigh Hobbs to my classes at school that I have books which are up for awards against them. The awards ceremony is on the 21st May and will be a glittering affair (black tie with a splash of red!). I can’t wait. Fingers crossed, but whatever happens it’s a huge honour to be on the list.
Jacqueline Harvey x
Older Children (age range 8 to 14 years):
Clariel by Garth Nix, Allen & Unwin.
Withering-By-Sea by Judith Rossell, HarperCollins.
Alice-Miranda in Japan by Jacqueline Harvey, Penguin Random House.
Brotherband 5: Scorpion Mountain by John Flanagan, Penguin Random House.
Friday Barnes 1: Girl Detective by R. A. Spratt, Penguin Random House.
Loyal Creatures by Morris Gleitzman, Penguin Random House.
Younger Children (age range 0 to 8 years):
Noni the Pony Goes to the Beach by Alison Lester, Allen & Unwin.
Mr Chicken Lands on London by Leigh Hobbs, Allen & Unwin.
The 52-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths, Macmillan.
Clementine Rose and the Seaside Escape by Jacqueline Harvey, Penguin Random House.
The Last King of Angkor Wat by Graeme Base, Penguin Random House.