CBCA Book of the Year Short List and Notables Announced!

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The CBCA’s Book of the Year Short List and Notables are now up, and there’s some good stuff on there (although it’s also made me realise I have a lot of reading to do before Book Week at the end of August).

I actually feel a little embarrassed by how few of the books on the short lists I’ve read yet, but that usually seems to be what happens – there’s always a combination of books I’ve read, books I’ve wanted to read and some stuff I’ve just plain never heard of.  There’s often a lot of familiar names, but it’s nice to see some newer ones on there this year as well.  Justine Larbalestier‘s Liar was one of the best books I read last year, hands down.  It was one of those books I read and then proceeded to thrust into the hands of everyone I met, without explanation, just with a “you need to read this!”.  I also recently finished Penny Tangey‘s Loving Richard Feynman, which I adored and will be reviewing here shortly.  It’s Tangey’s first novel and, as an indicator of her work, I think it shows that we’ve got a lot to look forward to from her.  On the picture book list, I loved Leigh Hobbs‘s Mr Chicken Goes to Paris, because how can you not love a story about an internationally travelled, aggro-looking six-foot-tall chicken carcass?

Congratulations to all shortlisted and notable authors and illustrators!