At Gleebooks today, the shortlists for the 2008 NSW Premier's Literary Awards were read out. And joy of joys, Town was on the Ethel Turner (young adult) shortlist! The winners will be announced on Monday, 19th of May.
In a feeble attempt to make up in some tiny way for the years of the kids'/YA lists being neglected in the press at the expense of the 'real' books, here is the Ethel Turner shortlist and the Patricia Wrightson (children's) list. The rest of the categories can be found here.
Ethel Turner Prize for young people’s literature
Lollie Barr - The Mag Hags - Random House Australia Pty Ltd
David Metzenthen - Black Water - Penguin Group (Australia)
Robert Newton - The Black Dog Gang - Penguin Group (Australia)
James Roy - Town - University of Queensland Press
David Spillman & Lisa Wilyuka - Us Mob Walawurru - Magabala Books Aboriginal Corporation
Lizzie Wilcock - GriEVE - Scholastic Australia Pty Ltd
Patricia Wrightson Prize
Aaron Blabey - Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley - Penguin Group (Australia)
Martin Chatterton - The Brain Finds a Leg - Little Hare Books
Li Cunxin & Anne Spudvilas (illus) - The Peasant Prince - Penguin Group (Australia)
Liz Lofthouse & Robert Ingpen (illus) - Ziba Came on a Boat - Penguin Group (Australia)
Emily Rodda - The Key to Rondo - Omnibus Books
Carole Wilkinson - Dragon Moon - Black Dog Books