On Tuesday 31 March, the Children’s Book Council of Australia announced the shortlist for the CBCA Book of the Year awards. This year in the older readers category the shortlisted books were:


The boy who steals houses by C.G Drews


Can two broken boys find their perfect home? 

Book trailer 


How it feels to float by Helena Fox


A multi shortlisted book, How it feels to float is a hopeful story about grief, loss and mental illness. 

Book trailer 


Ghost Bird by Lisa Fuller


When her twin disappears, Stacey Thomson is haunted by dark dreams of Laney’s whereabouts. Conflicted by her mother’s strict rules, her mob’s laws and customs, and an ongoing feud between the Thomson and Miller families, Stacey is forced to deceive those she loves in order to rescue Laney. 


Listen to Lisa Fuller read from Ghost Bird

When the ground is hard by Malla Nunn


Malla Nunn’s book is set in a boarding school in colonial Swaziland in 1965. It is a story of two girls of different caste who bond over a shared copy of Jane Eyre. 


Listen to the author Malla Nunn 


Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte


A bestselling murder mystery fantasy with a shocking twist you won’t see coming.

Book trailer 

Listen to the author Astrid Scholte 

This is How we Change the Ending by Vikki Wakefield


Sixteen-year-old Nate McKee is doing his best to be invisible. He’s also doing his best to survive. This is a gritty novel in the social realism genre with themes such as poverty, masculinity and violence. How to change the ending is about how to fight back when the odds are against you.


Read a review of This is how we change the ending 


All these books are available in ebook format on Wheelers ePlatform except The Boy who Steals Houses by C.G Drews. 


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Janene Watson

Resource Centre Manager