Past winners list New Zealand Book Awards for Children & Young Adults

From the Cutting Room of Barney Kettle DE GO by Kate De Goldi (Esther Glen Junior Fiction Award, 2016)
An unnamed man in a hospital bed tells the story of thirteen-year-old film director Barney Kettle and his sister Ren, who are on a mission to film the story of their local street.

The Girl Who Rode the Wind by Stacey Gregg GREG (Children's Choice Junior Fiction, 2016)
An epic, emotional story of two girls and their bond with beloved horses, the action sweeping between Italy during the Second World War and present day. When Lola's grandmother Loretta takes her to Siena, Italy, for the summer, Lola learns of her family's history of heartbreak and adventure, stretching back to the Second World War. In 1945, Loretta's nickname was 'The Daredevil' due to her fearless competing in the town's famous Palio horse races - until war broke out and led to sadness and loss for Loretta. Lola jumps at the chance to enter the modern-day Palio on a beautiful horse called Nico - can she win, in honour of her beloved grandmother? And solve a mystery that will bring happiness and hope to Loretta?

Singing home the whale by Mandy Hager HAGE (Best Young Adult Fiction, 2015) age 13 and up
Will Jackson is hiding out, a city boy reluctantly staying with his uncle in small town New Zealand while he struggles to recover from a brutal attack and the aftermath of a humiliating Youtube clip gone viral. After he discovers a young abandoned orca his life is further thrown into chaos, when he rallies to help protect it against hostile, threatening interests. As Will's story unfolds, it is interspersed with the last song of The Chronicle, the orca's reflection as he looks back over his life and his connection to Will, and passes on to others the lessons he has learnt about human behaviour and how to live a good life. His unique voice issues a love song to the planet and celebrates the special bond that builds between him and this very human boy through the love of song

The Island of Lost Horses by Stacey Gregg GREG (Children's Choice Junior Fiction, 2015)
Two girls divided by time, united by their love for some very special horses - an epic Caribbean adventure! On a remote tropical island, twelve year-old Beatriz is about to embark on an epic journey, through hurricanes and across the high seas and back to the time of Christopher Columbus...When Beatriz stumbles across a wild mare with strange markings in the jungle she can't believe it is real. Yet from that moment on the strongest connection grows between them, and she begins to uncover an incredible history. For centuries ago, Felipa and her horse, Cara Blanca, were running for their lives. As the fates of Beatriz, Felipa and their horses become entwined, Beatriz realises that the future of the world's rarest horses depends on her. Based on the extraordinary true story of the Abaco Barb, a real-life mystery that has remained unsolved for over five hundred years.

Monkey Boy by Donovan Bixley BIX (Best Junior Fiction 2015)
So how do you go to the toilet on a great sailing warship? Worse, what do you do when your breeches are about your ankles, your naked nether regions are hanging out over the dark frothing ocean 20 feet below, and you're cornered by a hideous phantom, hell-bent on revenge? Young Jimmy has a problem, no it's not the crazy men in his gun crew, the older bully boys, awful amputations, exploding diarrhoea, or the food that would make a landlubber ill. Jimmy's problem is that he can see the dead. And they scare the flapping halibut out of him! Worse still, the ship is headed for bloodcurdling battle where the dead will be thick as flies, maybe even as thick as some of Jimmy's crew mates. As the odds pile against him, can Jimmy turn his secret curse into a powerful ally?"

Dunger by Joy Cowley COWL (Best Junior Fiction, 2014)
William and Melissa have been roped into helping their old hippie grandparents fix up their holiday home in the middle of the Sounds. They'll have no electricity, no cellphone reception, and only each other for company? As far as they are concerned, this is NOT a holiday.

My Brother’s War by David Hill HILL (Best Junior Fiction, 2013)
It's New Zealand, 1914, and the biggest war the world has known has just broken out in Europe. Edmund eagerly enlists for the army but his younger brother, William, is a conscientious objector and refuses to fight. While Edmund trains to be a soldier, William is arrested. Both brothers will end up on the bloody battlefields of France, but their journeys there are very different.

Super Finn by Leonie Agnew AGNE (Best First Book & Best Picture Book, 2012)
Finn's school project is on "How to be a Superhero." Can an ordinary boy turn into a superhero? Finn and his friend Brain make a list of things needed to be a superhero, including superpowers and saving someone's life. Can Finn use his superpowers to help his World Vision sponsored child?

The Queen and the Nobody Boy: A Tale of Fontania series by Barbara Else ELSE (Honour Award Junior Fiction, 2013)

Hodie is the unpaid odd-job boy at the Grand Palace in the Kingdom of Fontania. Fed-up, he decides to leave. But the young Queen, 12 year old Sibilla, is fed-up, too, and decides to go with him, insisting he go north to get his mother's bag back from the Emperor of Um'Binnia.

Finnigan and the Pirates by Sherryl Jordan JORD (Best Junior Fiction, 2011)
Wildbloode the Wicked is the fiercest, most ferocious pirate in all the seven seas. All she wants is for her nephew to follow in her footsteps. But Finnigan's not interested in piratical pillaging. All he wants to do... is dance.

Hollie Chips by Anna Gowan GOWA (Children’s Choice & Best First Book, 2011)
Hollie Chips is an unusual girl. Not just because she has one blue eye and one brown eye but she just cannot tell a lie no matter how small.

Friends: Snake & Lizard by Joy Cowley COWL (Children’s Choice 2010)
A collection of stories about the friendship between Snake and Lizard.

Old Drumble by Jack Lasenby LASE (Best Junior Fiction, 2009)
Set in the small Waikato town of Waharoa in the 1930's. Jack Jackman is a young boy who wants to be a stock drover and has a special relationship with an old family friend, Andy the Drover.

NZ and International Awards

From the Cutting Room of Barney Kettle DE GO by Kate De Goldi (Esther Glen Junior Fiction Award, 2016)

Singing Home the Whale by Mandy Hager HAG (Margaret Mahy Book of the Year, 2015)

Red Rocks by Rachael King KING (LIANZA Esther Glen Award, 2013)

The Travelling Restaurant by Barbara Else ELSE (LIANZA Esther Glen Award, 2012)

The Billionaire’s Curse by Richard Newsome NEWS (LIANZA Esther Glen Award, 2010)

Violet Mackerel’s Helpful Suggestion by Anna Branford BRAN (Children’s Book Council of Australia Notable, 2015)

Ophelia and the Marvellous Boy by Karen Foxlee FOXL (Children’s Book Council of Australia Notable, 2015)

Bleakboy and Hunter Stand Out in the Rain by Steven Herrick HERR (Children’s Book Council of Australia Notable, 2015)

Roses are Blue by Sally Murphy MURP (Children’s Book Council of Australia Notable, 2015)

Hunter by Joy Cowley COWL (Book of the Year & Best Junior Fiction, 2006)
In 2005 Jordon and her brothers survive a plane crash but are stranded in remote Fjordland. In 1805, Hunter, a young Maori slave, is hiding in the same location after escaping his captors. He knows he needs to keep running but he also knows that the interconnecting visions he's
sharing with Jordon will help her and her brothers survive.

The Loblolly Boy by James Norcliffe NORC (Best Junior Fiction, 2010)
The loblolly boy - a magical, Peter Pan-like creature - has the gift of flight, is invisible to most people, and has the power to exchange identities with anyone willing to do so.

Five Children on the Western Front by Kate Saunders SAUN (Costa Children’s Book Award, UK, 2014)

Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made by Stephan Pastis PAST (Booktrust UK, 6-8yrs: Best Story Book Winner, 2014)

Ottoline and the Yellow Cat by Chris Riddell RIDD (Nestle Children’s Book Prize, UK, 2007)

Shadow Forest by Matt Haig HAIG (Nestle Children’s Book Prize, UK, 2007)

Last updated: 1 April 2017

Reviewed 18/10/2017 SC