CBCA Book of the Year 2010 Winners

I was very pleased that Jarvis 24 was the CBCA winner this year. This is a great book for the boys at our school. It is set in Melbourne, has Aussie Rules football as a background and a young man going through some easily  identifiable teenage concerns.

I wrote a post about a video interview with David Metzenthen. In it he talks about writing and about the novel earlier this year.

Older Readers Book of the Year

  • NB: These books may be for mature readers
  • WINNER: Metzenthen, David   Jarvis 24 (Penguin) Set in the Eastern suburbs of Melbourne there is already a “hook” for our boys. It is a love story but not the “girly” stories that sometimes get written. It is a good story for young men. Marc is a private school boy on work experience. He meets Elektra, an elite runner from Broome, who has been “bought” by another big Melbourne school. The story is about how two young people see their world and the love story is really doomed from the start. Mark realizes that Elektra will run away from him in the end. For all that I have said, the story is humorous and concerns friendship and what you can offer to others. Many of our boys could relate to the characters and situation. 
  • It is also nominated for the Prime Minister’s  Literary Award 2010                                
  • Honour:  Clarke, Judith The Winds of Heaven (Allen & Unwin) (Upper age level) From the point-of-view of an older woman as she looks back on her life and choices made. A retell by Clementine and an ccount by Fan (city and country) A very sad story.                           
  • Honour:  Millard, Glenda  A Small Free Kiss in the Dark (Allen & Unwin) The author uses beautiful lyrical prose. We are presented us with a grim scenario – the outbreak of war (and it comes to Melbourne) – but it is the story of hope and survival in post-apocalyptic world.       

Younger Readers Book of the Year

  • NB: These books are intended for independent younger readers
  • WINNER:  Hirsch, Odo  Darius Bell and the Glitter Pool       
  • Honour:  Lester, Alison  Running with the Horses                 
  • Honour:  Murphy, Sally Illus: Potter, Heather  Pearl Verses the World   

Early Childhood Book of the Year

  • NB: Intended for children in the pre-reading to early reading stages
  • WINNER:  Shanahan, Lisa Illus: Quay, Emma  Bear & Chook by the Sea  A new adventure for Bear and Chook. It is about the value of friendship. A beautful protrayal of a journey/trip to the seaside. Beautiful colours and illusrtation – esp showing movement Fearless: Lovely portrayal of the passage of time (with the children growing bigger)
  • Honour:  Booth, Christina  Kip Predicable and repetitive storylines that are great for small children. Very interesting use of the streetscape that continues right though the book.                                           
  • Honour: Gleeson, Libby Illus: Blackwood, Freya  Clancy & Millie and the Very Fine House Great use of illustration

Picture Book of the Year

  • NB: Intended for an audience ranging from birth to 18 years. Some books may be for mature readers
  • WINNER:  Rogers, Gregory  The Hero of Little Street Wordless picture book. We have met the boy before in the Boy, the Bear, the Baron, the Bard. The illustrations in the book range in size from small sequential frames, to frames of varying sizes on a page to a full page and there is one double-page spread.
  • Honour: Cool, Rebecca, Text: Millard, Glenda  Isabella’s Garden Eastern European fairytale-style used throughout the book. The story is a variant of ‘This is the House that Jack Built’ and it ebbs and flows as the seasons pass in the garden. A word in the rhyme also changes slightly. 
  • Honour:  Oliver, Narelle  Fox and Fine Feathers  Constructed like a fable, this book also has an environmental theme. The images extend beyond their frames and vary in size from page to page therefore visually interesting. There are wordless double-page spreads to some pages with small storyboard-like images. There is also a dramatic leaping fox page                                      

Eve Pownall Book of the Year

  • NB: Intended for an audience ranging from birth to 18 years. Some books may be for mature readers
  • WINNER:  Macinnis, Peter  Australian Backyard Explorer                  
  • Honour:  Patrick, Tanya, Illus: Hutcheson, Nicholas  Polar Eyes: a Journey to Antarctica
  • Honour: Yalata & Oak Communities with Mattingley, Christobel  Maralinga: The Anangu Story
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