Sonya Hartnett wins Book of the Year at the CBCA* Awards for 'The Midnight Zoo'
Children's Book Council of Australia
excerpt from my review of 'The Midnight Zoo':
What I mainly have to say about this book is it is simply astonishing, utterly gorgeous and deeply moving. It was a truly sensory experience, being transported to another time and place. [...] Hartnett's spectacular use of magical realism adds a new dimension in taking the story to somewhere truly gasp-worthy. I felt an ache and tremendous satisfaction at the end. It's life-affirming and a tear-jerker and achingly hopeful and a simply brilliant story to spend your time with.
The prestigious Children's Book Council of Australia Awards were announced this morning (LOVE these awards. Completely). I was very much so looking forward to the announcement this morning (and have been discussing it with my local librarians ;)
LOVED The Midnight Zoo: Read my full review (you know, if you're interested)
The Young Adult short-list looked like this:
|Older Readers Short List 2011|
|Crowley, Cath||Graffiti Moon||Pan Macmillan Australia|
|Hartnett, Sonya||The Midnight Zoo||Viking Books, Penguin Group (Australia)|
|Horniman, Joanne||About a Girl||Allen & Unwin|
|MacLeod, Doug||The Life of a Teenage Body-Snatcher||Viking Books, Penguin Group (Australia)|
|Marchetta, Melina||The Piper’s Son||Viking Books, Penguin Group (Australia)|
|Wood, Fiona||Six Impossible Things||Pan Macmillan Australia|
|These books are for mature readers|
(I gave all four of these books 5 stars, all four are on my exclusive absolute favourites list <3).
HUGE congratulations to Sonya Hartnett and also to all those on the short-list (and notables).
Aussie YA is a genre producing such extraodinarily brilliant books. It really is a genre full of exceptional talent and incredible books.
Have you read The Midnight Zoo?
(or plan to?)
Have you read any of the short-list?
And what would be your pick?
International covers = gorgeous
Book blurb: Two gypsy boys are fleeing through a war-ravaged country-side during the night carrying a secret bundle. The boys stumble across a town that has been reduced to smoking rubble, and a zoo that is still intact. When the boys take shelter in the zoo, they discover a menagerie of talking animals. Both the boys and the animals tell their tales and their desire for freedom.
Like The Silver Donkey and The Ghost’s Child, this is another beautiful fable-like tale that will move you to tears. It’s a story that will appeal to all ages-as with any fi ne book that merges history with fantasy, adults will enjoy reading this as much as children.Like The Silver Donkey and The Ghost’s Child, this is another beautiful fable-like tale that will move you to tears. It’s a story that will appeal to all ages-as with any fi ne book that merges history with fantasy, adults will enjoy reading this as much as children.
I apologise for bloggers formatting. Which, is slightly out of control and entirely irksome. Ugh.