We are delighted to announce that The Dog Runner by Bren MacDibble and Sherlock Bones and the Natural History Mystery by Renee Treml has been shortlisted for the 2020 Readings Children's Book Prize!
The Readings Children's Book Prize celebrates exciting new voices in Australian children's literature. The Prize is judged by a panel of Readings children's book specialists, who will be joined by children's and young adult writer Nova Weetman to decide the winner.
From the judges' report:
'The Dog Runner is an action-packed adventure with a highly original premise. The narrative moves along at a breakneck pace, and highlights the importance of resilience and kindness in the face of extreme danger. It’s all too easy to envision the harsh landscape of the siblings' world, and the beautiful relationship between Ella and the courageous dogs is particularly well-crafted.This book is an excellent choice for sophisticated middle grade readers who want something meaty. It’s also a hopeful story for children thinking about climate crisis and what they might be able to do about it.'
'Sherlock Bones and the Natural History Mystery is a funny, quirky mystery. With lots of natural history facts scattered throughout, there’s plenty to learn within this graphic novel, but none of it gets in the way of fun. This is a book with broad appeal: excellent storytelling for new readers with terrific illustrations that ingeniously complement the narrative, and brim with personality. While this is a perfect pick for new readers, the offbeat humour, action and delicious intrigue will appeal to slightly older fans of graphic novels too.'
The winner will be announced online in late April, and will receive $3000 in prize money.