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2018 CBCA Picture Book Winner - Cicada

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The story of a cicada who works in an office, and all the people who don't appreciate him.

The new picture book from multi-award-winner Shaun Tan, author of The Arrival, The Lost Thing and Rules of Summer.

Cicada work in tall building.

Data entry clerk.

Seventeen year.

No sick day.

No mistake.

Tok Tok Tok!

Cicada works in an office, dutifully toiling day after day for unappreciative bosses and being bullied by his coworkers. But one day, cicada goes to the roof of the building, and something truly extraordinary happens ...

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RRP  $26.99 $21.35

2019 CBCA Shortlist - Picture Books

Tricky's Bad Day

2019 CBCA Early Childhood Winner Tricky's Bad Day


Poor Tricky! Nothing is going right for him.

Milk spills, pyjama buttons won’t work, his little sister wrecks their game, and when he tries to help out, everything gets worse. Tricky’s having a very bad day! Then Dad has an idea. Outside it’s wild, but there’s a lot to explore…

From Australia’s favourite picture-book creator comes a warm and funny story about the very recognisable mess, muddle and love that is the life of a young family – and the freedom of an outside adventure.

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RRP  $19.99 $14.95

2019 CBCA Shortlist - Early Childhood

His Name Was Walter

2019 CBCA Younger Readers Winner - His Name Was Walter


From Australia’s favourite storyteller comes a story, within a story, that shows us the extraordinary power of true love and solves a decades-old mystery.

‘Once upon a time, in a dark city far away, there lived a boy called Walter, who had nothing but his name to call his own…’

The handwritten book, with its strangely vivid illustrations, has been hidden in the old house for a long, long time. Tonight, four kids and their teacher will find it. Tonight, at last, the haunting story of Walter and the mysterious, tragic girl called Sparrow will be read – right to the very end…

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RRP  $22.99 $18.50

2019 CBCA Shortlist - Younger Readers

Between Us

2019 CBCA Older Readers Winner - Between Us


Is it possible for two very different teenagers to fall in love despite high barbed-wire fences and a political wilderness between them?

Anahita is passionate, curious and determined. She is also an Iranian asylum seeker who is only allowed out of detention to attend school. On weekdays, during school hours, she can be a 'regular Australian girl'.

Jono needs the distraction of an infatuation. In the past year his mum has walked out, he's been dumped and his sister has moved away. Lost and depressed, Jono feels as if he's been left behind with his Vietnamese single father, Kenny.

Kenny is struggling to work out the rules in his new job; he recently started work as a guard at the Wickham Point Detention Centre. He tells Anahita to look out for Jono at school, but quickly comes to regret this, spiraling into suspicion and mistrust. Who is this girl, really? What is her story? Is she a genuine refugee or a queue jumper? As Jono and Anahita grow closer, Kenny starts snooping behind the scenes…

Paperback / softback
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RRP  $19.99 $16.50

2019 CBCA Shortlist - Older Readers

Sorry Day

Eve Pownall Award for Information Books 2019 Winner - Sorry Day


There was a hum of excitement.

Flags flickered in the breeze as Maggie’s heart danced with delight.

‘This is a very special day!’ her mother said.

Maggie holds tight to her mother as they await the long anticipated apology to show a willingness to reconcile the past for future generations. In the excitement of the crowd Maggie loses touch of her mother’s hand as is lost.

In a time ‘long ago and not so long ago’ children were taken from their parents, their ‘sorrow echoing across the land’. As the Prime Minister’s speech unfolds Maggie is reunited with her mother. But the faces and memories of the stolen generation are all around them.

Two stories entwine in this captivating retelling of the momentous day when the then Prime Minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd, acknowledged the sorrows of past and said ‘Sorry’ to the generation of children who were taken from their homes.

The book includes a foreword from Lee Joachim; Chair of Rumbalara Aboriginal Cooperative and Director of Research and Development for Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation.

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RRP  $24.99 $21.95

2019 CBCA Shortlist - Eve Pownall Award for Information Books

Grandma Z

CBCA Award for New Illustrators 2019 Winner -Grandma Z


On an ordinary day, in an even more ordinary town, it was Albert's birthday.

When Grandma Z roars into town on her motorcycle, Albert is swept up in a very extraordinary adventure.

This glorious debut from Daniel Gray-Barnett is filled with wonder, imagination, and a wild, magical spirit that will thrill young and old.

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RRP  $24.99 $19.95

2019 CBCA Shortlist - CBCA Award for New Illustrators