Thursday, July 15, 2010

Lucy Christopher's Stolen and Aussie Book Awards

Stolen just won the Branford Boase Award on July 14. Whoo hoo!

This UK award for first-time authors has an impressive track record. Previous winners include names you just might have heard of such as Marcus Sedgwick, Mal Peet, Meg Rosoff, Siobhan Dowd and Frances Hardinge. (info taken from Fiction Focus)

Here's the seven books it was short-listed with - I'll be checking a few of them out too.

It's also on the short-list with the Children's Book Council of Australia for best book of the year for older readers (Aussie YA).

My library has all the books short-listed, but they dont get released to patrons until the winner is announced on Friday the 20th of August - the librarians keep them for display during book week and also for themselves to read. 

But I, oooh yeah, collaborated with my fave librarian and got her to smuggle a copy out for me. 

It pays to buddy up with librarians who rock :) 

I'm nearly finished it already (interrupted my reading to post about it winning the Branford. It's really really good :)

I've read Liar and like Stolen a bit better for the winner. Seriously cannot wait for A Small free Kiss in the Dark where survivors of a sudden war hide out in the ruins of an amusement park 

Book of the Year - Older Readers Short List 2010 CBCA

CHRISTOPHER, Lucy       Stolen       

CLARKE, Judith        The Winds of Heaven       

LARBALESTIER, Justine       Liar       

METZENTHEN, David       Jarvis 24       

MILLARD, Glenda       A Small Free Kiss in the Dark       

TANGEY, Penny       Loving Richard Feynman      

And... just today the Short List was announced for  2010 Prime Minister's Literary Awards and for the first time, they have a Young Adult category

Young Adult Fiction shortlist (Prime Ministers Award)

  • Stolen, Lucy Christopher
  • The Winds of Heaven, Judith Clarke
  • Confessions of a Liar, Thief and Failed Sex God, Bill Condon
  • The Museum of Mary Child, Cassandra Golds
  • Swerve, Phillip Gwynne
  • Jarvis 24, David Metzenthen
  • Beatle meets Destiny, Gabrielle Williams

And there's Stolen again! (plus some other crossovers from the CBCA short-list.) I've read
Swerve, which was a fantastic male POV.

I can't wait to see who the winners will be :) The winner of the Prime Ministers Award will receive $100, 000.

sorry for the wonky formatting. It's all flipped out...(?)


  1. Shesh...I read non stop and I haven't read any of these (yet). I'm glad you've got connected friends. :)

  2. I've heard great things about Stolen, but haven't gotten around to it yet. I have to get on that!

  3. I loved Stolen! I definitely think it should win whatever awards it was nominated for. I like Liar as well, but it didn't mess with my head as much as Stolen, you know? Stolen really got me all confused. :)

  4. So many books, so little time. Thanks for the list..:)

  5. I haven't heard of any of these either. Will have to check them out.

  6. Haven't heard of them but a great bunch to look for. Thanks!

  7. I wantwanttwant Stolen so much. Been eying it for more than half a year *must cash up*

    Wow. That's an amazing list of books.

  8. I haven't read Liar yet, but I REALLY want it. Next thing to do on my list of things to do! I'm glad you're keeping me up to date with everything booky!

  9. so many books ,so little time :) I'm lucky that begin australian means my library will get all of these in (YAY!). but...

    read Stolen! I couldnt sleep last night b/c I kept thinking about it.

  10. Think I need to read Stolen soon. Thanks for the information. Also thanks for stopping by my blog. Glad you did. Now I know where you are and will be following you.

  11. Holy cow, so many books! Thank you for listing all of these though. I need to head to my library pronto!

  12. Totally CAPTIVATING, and truly moving.the whole book made you able to feel what both Gemma and Ty were feeling through the adventure.


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