02 June 2011

COOL Awards Shortlist 2011

The shortlist is out! Which books did you nominate? And did students from across Australia agree with you? Find out below whether your favourite books made it into the list. You might recall that Feathers for Phoebe, one of the favourites in the picturebook category, was the title recently featured in National Simultaneous Storytime.
To save you a bit of time, there is just one title that made it to both lists: Toppling, written by Sally Murphy and illustrated by Rhian Nest James. Why such a difference? Well, for one thing, the COOL Awards ask you to nominate any Australian books you have enjoyed reading in the last year, while the Book of the Year nominations are limited to just those books published in 2010. So perhaps the Book of the Year Awards shortlist might help you discover some new favourites for 2011.
  • Enigma: a magical mystery, written and illustrated by Graeme Base
  • Wrong book, written and illustrated by Nick Bland
  • Feathers for Phoebe, written and illustrated by Rod Clement
  • Schumann the shoeman, written by John Danalis and illustrated by Stella Danalis
  • Terrible plop, written by Ursula Dubosarsky and illustrated by Andrew Joyner
  • My dad thinks he’s funny, written by Katrina Germein and illustrated by Tom Jellett
  • How to heal a broken wing, written and illustrated by Bob Graham
  • Mr Chicken goes to Paris, written and illustrated by Leigh Hobbs
  • Millie, written by John Marsden and illustrated by Sally Rippin
  • Race for the Chinese zodiac, written by Gabrielle Wang and illustrated by Sally Rippin and Regine Abos 
Fiction for younger readers
  • Tashi and the phoenix, written by Anna and Barbara Fienberg and illustrated by Kim Gamble 
  • Tuckshop kid, written by Pat Flynn and illustrated by Tom Jellett 
  • Schooling around (series), by Andy Griffiths 
  • Very bad book, written by Andy Griffiths and illustrated by Terry Denton 
  • Just Macbeth, written by Andy Griffiths and illustrated by Terry Denton 
  • What body part is that?, written by Andy Griffiths and illustrated by Terry Denton 
  • Mr Badger and the big surprise, by Leigh Hobbs 
  • 4F for freaks, by Leigh Hobbs 
  • Zac Power: test drive (series), by H.I. Larry 
  • EJ12 girl hero: rocky road, by Susannah McFarlane 
Fiction for older readers
  • Grimsdon, by Deborah Abela 
  • Specky McGee and the best of Oz, by Felice Arena and Garry Lyon 
  • Farticus Maximus: stink-off battle, by Felice Arena 
  • Ranger’s apprentice (series), by John Flanagan 
  • Conspiracy 365 (series), Gabrielle Lord 
  • Book of lies, by James Moloney 
  • Toppling, written by Sally Murphy and illustrated by Rhian Nest James 
  • Locket of dreams, by Belinda Murrell 
  • Keys to the kingdom (series), by Garth Nix 
  • Thai-riffic, by Oliver Phommovanh 
Fiction for Years 7-9
  • Dancing in the dark, by Robyn Bavati 
  • Stone key, by Isobelle Carmody 
  • Now, by Morris Gleitzman 
  • Grace, by Morris Gleitzman 
  • Girl underground, by Morris Gleitzman 
  • Evil genius, by Catherine Jinks 
  • While I live, by John Marsden 
  • Hell Island, by Matthew Reilly 
  • My big Birkett, by Lisa Shanahan 
  • Hello God, written by Moya Simons and illustrated by Lisa Coutts