Griffith University Young Adult Book Award

2019 Shortlist 

Griffith University Young Adult Book Award

Congratulations to the finalists!

 

Lenny’s Book of Everything (Allen & Unwin) by Karen Foxlee

Judges' comments 

Foxlee’s protagonist Lenny is flawed and fierce. Her coming-of-age story set in 1970s Ohio, USA, depicts a life expanding by knowledge and wonder, while simultaneously contracting into inevitable shared grief. Expressive writing, assured plotting and sophisticated structure combine to create a compassionate exploration of self, particularly in relation to others.

The Bogan Mondrian (UQP) by Steven Herrick 

Judges' comments 

Blue Mountains boy Luke supports new girl Charlotte as she evaluates life with her abusive father. Herrick’s deliberate examination of family violence and toxic masculinity delivers genuine character development. His perceptive writing effectively balances humour and darkness, inviting readers to embrace Luke’s diverse community through all senses and every emotion.

Catching Teller Crow (Allen & Unwin) by Ambelin Kwaymullina and Ezekiel Kwaymullina

Judges' comments 

Catching Teller Crow is incisively controlled. A murder mystery, depicting a genuine father-daughter relationship, it carefully and hopefully dissects identity and culture. Utilising vibrant language in both prose and verse, protagonists Isobel and Beth confront and expose a corrupt and secret world where other, often innocent, lives don’t matter.