Great books that get kids reading are invaluable and our book experts are proud to get the opportunity to select a shortlist of our seven best new children’s fiction books with one lucky winner.
This year’s selections are 100% homegrown – all have Australian authors. Veteran writers Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton smashed their own sales records with The 91-Storey Treehouse, Sally Rippin began an all-new heartwarming series with The Wayward Witch and the Feelings Monster, and Aaron Blabey took his Bad Guys phenomenon into deep space with Alien vs Bad Guys.
This year’s category winner was unheard of a few weeks ago and is now an international bestseller with a movie already in the works for her remarkable debut.
Check out our children’s fiction honourees below and subscribe to the Booktopian for more of this year’s best.
Children’s Fiction: Winner
Morrigan Crow is cursed. Born on an unlucky day, she is blamed for all local misfortunes, from hailstorms to heart attacks – and, worst of all, the curse means that Morrigan is doomed to die at midnight on Eventide.
But as Morrigan awaits her fate, a strange and remarkable man named Jupiter North appears. Chased by black-smoke hounds and shadowy hunters on horseback, he whisks her away into the safety of a secret, magical city called Nevermoor.
It’s there that Morrigan discovers Jupiter has chosen her to contend for a place in the city’s most prestigious organisation: the Wundrous Society. In order to join, she must compete in four difficult and dangerous trials against hundreds of other children, each boasting an… Learn more.
Children’s Fiction: The Shortlist
The Shortlist: The 91-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton, Alien vs Bad Guys by Aaron Blabey, Funny Kid for President by Matt Stanton, The Wayward Witch and the Feelings Monster by Sally Rippin, Tales From a Tall Forest by Shaun Micallef, The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone by Jaclyn Moriarty.
About the Contributor
Tanaya has been a lover of books for as long as she can remember. Now, her book collection is a little out of control, mostly consisting of YA fiction and pretty hardcovers. When she’s not reading, she spends a lot of her time taking photos of books for her bookstagram account, @prettypagesblog. She also has a love of Disneyland, bullet journaling and cats.
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