absolutely beaming like when I heard, hey! I had a little squeal because it's one of my favourite books ever. And I love it hard.
And (I had visitors over) my sister in law was impressed too as she had asked me which book I recommend to her to read (out of my towering shelves of awesomeness) and I had shoved Raw Blue into her hands earlier that day among babbling accolades of my love for the book. Her reading time is limited (babies and all that) so I knew I had to pick the best off my shelves :) And she doesn't read YA but Raw Blue is really a novel for anyone.
Also, once a book wins such a prestigious award, I feel my fangirling is more than justified so I can now rave as much as I want and let you know this book rocks and if you can you should get your hands on it asap.
My review of Raw Blue
Other OFFICIAL reviews of Raw Blue :)
Raw Blue @ Kirsty's site
Kirsty's notes on writing Raw Blue
An extract from Raw Blue
One of the judges talking about Raw Blue and the awards last night
Raw Blue is also in the running for the 2010 Golden Inky! Alongside Beatle Meets Destiny (Gabrielle Williams) and Swerve (Phillip Gwyne) which were also short-listed for the VIC Premier's Literary Award - which are two outstanding Aussie titles.
yay to Claire and I know you will love it!
And it's so summer-y and the beach is just lovely at the moment! I'm on school holidays with the kids and have had family visiting from Sydney and more coming this week from Canberra and it's such an awesome time of year.
Hope you all have a lovely chilled out day :)