This is the short-list for the books nominated in the CBCA Book Week 2016: Australia – Story Country…As always I have broken the posts down into their categories to help you find what you need starting with the Eve Pownall Award for Information Books.
Book of the Year: Eve Pownall Award for Information Books
Title: Phasmid: Saving the Lord Howe Island Stick Insect
Author: Rohan Cleve
Summary: Once thought to be extinct, the phasmids
were rediscovered on Balls Pyramid, a volcanic outcrop 23 kilometers off
the coast of Lord Howe Island, Australia, prompting an extraordinary
conservation effort to save this remarkable insect. It is now officially
known as a “Lazarus species” and has attracted the attention of zoo
goers, tourists, naturalists Dr. Jane Goodall and Sir David Attenborough
and millions of viewers on Vimeo.
Title: The White Mouse: The Story of Nancy Wake
Author: Peter Gouldthorpe
Summary: The Gestapo called her The White Mouse – and they wanted her, dead or
alive. Nancy Wake was an Australian who joined the French Resistance
during World War II and became the most wanted woman in France.
Parachuting behind enemy lines, blowing up bridges and smuggling
refugees across borders, Nancy fought fiercely against the enemy and
became the most decorated Australian woman in any war.
Title: The Amazing True Story of How Babies are Made
Author: Fiona Katauskas
Summary: It’s one of the most amazing stories ever told — and it’s true!
Funny, frank and embarrassment-free, The Amazing True Story of How Babies are Made gives a fresh take on the incredible tale of where we all come from.
Title: Lennie the Legend: Solo to Sydney by Pony
Author: Stephanie Owen Reeder
Summary: Lennie the Legend begins with a terrible accident on the family farm, when Lennie, remarkably at such a young age, takes on the responsibility for the ploughing. Lennie is obsessed with the marvel of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and, as a reward for saving the farm from missing the planting season, his parents grant him his wish to ride on his own to Sydney for the opening of the bridge. Lennie has all sorts of adventures along the way—a thief lurking in the bush in the dead of night, a raging bushfire, surprise appearances, celebrations in his honour, being the star of a newsreel, and meeting the Prime Minister.
Title: Ancestry: Stories of Multicultural Anzacs
Author: Robyn Siers
Summary: Ancestry is the third book in the Century of service series. It tells the stories of individuals and families from a range of cultural backgrounds who served with Australian units during the First World War. This image-rich publication draws on the Australian War Memorial’s diverse collection, including private records, photographs, works of art, and relics.
Title: We are the Rebels: The Women and Men Who Made Eureka
Author: Clare Wright
Summary: Front and centre are the vibrant, adventurous personalities who were players in the rebellion: Sarah Hanmer, Ellen Young, Clara Seekamp, Anastasia Hayes and Catherine Bentley, among others.
But just as important were the thousands of women who lived, worked and traded on the goldfields – women who have been all but invisible until now. Discovering them changes everything.