The short-list this year has five titles:
- Phillip Gwyne -- Swerve (Penguin)
- Justine Larbalestier -- Liar (Allen & Unwin)
- Scott Westerfeld -- Leviathan (Simon Pulse)
- Melina Marchetta -- The Piper's Son (Penguin)
- Richard Yaxley -- Drink the Air (self-published)
I've read the top 4, but the 5th, by Richard Yaxley, is self-published (!)
So well done getting short-listed on a self-pub.
Husband and wife Justine and Scott are up against each other :)
I loved Swerve, great Aussie male POV.
But, my pick for this would be Marchetta's The Piper's Son, which is (obviously) being nominated in the YA section, but it's not really a traditional YA title at all. YA Highway featured an outstanding review of The Piper's Son.
Winners announced Tuesday 31st of August.
Here's a link to previous winners in the YA category who include authors Markus Zusac, Judith Clarke, Joanne Horniman, David Metzenthen, Martine Murray & Ursula Dubosarsky.
Also, *drumroll*, tomorrow we will finally find out who takes out this years title of Young Adult Book of The Year from CBCA. The notables list had 22 titles - the following six made it onto the short-list:
- Stolen by Lucy Christopher
- A Small Free Kiss in the Dark by Glenda Millard
- Loving Richard Feynman by Penny Tangey
- Liar by Justine Larbalestier
- Jarvis 24 by David Metzenthen
- The Winds of Heaven by Judith Clarke
Can't wait to find out who the 2010 winner is :)
And, for those who are interested, the 2009 category winners