2016 CBCA Book of the Year Awards: Younger Readers Shortlist

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It's Children's Book Week 20-26 August ! Checkout the shortlisted books for each award, one each day this week. The winners will be announced Friday 19 August.


The Book of the Year: Younger Readers Shortlist


The Cleo Stories: A Friend and a Pet / Libby Gleeson (Illust: Freya Blackwood)
Cleo makes a friend - Cleo's best friend is away, her parents are busy, and there's nothing to do but count raindrops, or tidy her room. Just when she thinks she'll never cheer up, Cleo has an idea. Cleo wants a pet - Cleo longs for a pet but her mum and dad say no. Perhaps the answer is hidden somewhere unexpected.

Soon / Morris Gleitzman
After the Nazis took my parents I was scared. After they killed my best friend I was angry. After I joined the partisans and helped defeat the Nazis I was hopeful. Soon, I said, we'll be safe. I was wrong. Soon continues the incredibly moving story of Felix, a Jewish boy still struggling to survive in the wake of the liberation of Poland after the end of World War Two.
 


Run, Pip, Run / J. C. Jones
Pip Sullivan's tenth birthday was a disaster -- and that was only the beginning.
With her beloved Sully in hospital and the welfare hot on her heels, Pip needs time, money and a place to stay. She's determined to stay one step ahead of Senior Constable Molly Dunlop! With help from her friends -- including a psychic cat and a canine escape artist -- Pip needs to stay out of dreaded foster homes so she can help Sully get better.
Run, Pip, Run is a warm-hearted story about a small girl on her own in a big city, but who knows a thing or two about loyalty, bravery and friendship.
 
Sister Heart/ Sally Morgan
A young Aboriginal girl is taken from the north of Australia and sent to an institution in the distant south. There, she slowly makes a new life for herself and, in the face of tragedy, finds strength in new friendships. Poignantly told from the child's perspective, Sister Heart affirms the power of family and kinship.


 
Molly and Pim and the Millions of Stars / Martine Murray
Molly's mother is not like other mothers: she collects herbs and makes potions, perhaps even magical potions. Molly wants to be normal, like her friend Ellen, and watch television and eat food that comes in packets. But when Molly's mother accidentally turns herself into a tree, Molly turns to the strange and wonderful Pim for help.



Shadows of the Master/Emily Rodda
Britta of Del wants nothing less than to be the new Apprentice Trader of the Rosalyn fleet. Family and friends and even the terrible secret of her parentage will not stop her. But how can she succeed when her true identity must surely be guessed by Trader Mab, who knew her father, and the crew of the Star of Deltora? Relying on no more than her wits and the kind acts of friends she makes along the way, Britta is drawn closer and closer to her terrible destiny.


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