Here is my text book list. All these books were recent prize winners in the YA and Children's arena so I figure they all contain something I need to know:
- The Ghost's Child - Sonya Harnett. Winner of the 2008 Children's Book Council of Australia Older Readers Book of the Year
- Dragon Moon - Carole Wilkinson. Winner of the 2008 Children's Book Council of Australia Younger Readers Book of the Year
- The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman. Winner of the 2009 Newbery Medal. A friend is lending it to me tomorrow so this will be my first lesson
- On the Jellicoe Road - Melina Marchetta. Winner of the 2009 Michael L Printz Award . I'm looking forward to this as I recently read Finnikin of the Rock and loved it. I heard Melina speak at the Lady Cutler Award dinner and she signed my book for me! And the book itself was a gift from special friends.
- The Knife of Letting Go: Chaos Walking - Patrick Ness. Winner of the 2008 Guardian Children's Fiction Prize This is a Walker Book and I'm a Walker Books author so I think this has to be excellent!
- Here Lies Arthur - Philip Reeve - Winner of the 2008 Carnegie Medal
- Snake and Lizard - Joy Cowley - Winner of the 2008 New Zealand Post Junior fiction (It's on my desk!)
- Salt - Maurice Gee Winner of the 2008 New Zealand Post Young Adult Fiction (I've already read this one! Brownie points! Read my review here