The Aurealis Awards shortlist was announced today.
And my what a pretty shortlist it is.*
Kids' fiction (primarily through words)
The Keepers 1: Museum of Thieves by Lian Tanner
Kids' fiction (primarily through pictures)
Precious Little by Julie Hunt, Sue Moss and Gaye Chapman
Best illustrated book/graphic novel
Hamlet by Nicki Greenberg
Five Wounds by Jonathan Walker and Dan Hallett
Best YA short story
'A Thousand Flowers' by Margo Lanagan
from Zombies vs Unicorns Justine Larbalestier and Holly Black (eds)
Best YA novel
Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey
WAIT, THERE'S MORE!
Guardian of the Dead is a Young Adult Fiction Finalist in the New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards - only the most prestigious awards in all of New Zealand!
BUT DON'T STOP THERE!
Guardian of the Dead is also a finalist for the Australian Shadow Awards presented by the Australian Horror Writers Association
Huge congratulations, to Karen - and to Lian, Julia, Sue, Gaye, Nicki, Jonathan, Dan and Margo!
*Editors bat their eyelashes becomingly in the direction of the shortlist*