The winners of the 2014 Kids Own Australian Literature Awards (KOALAs) have been announced.
The KOALAs are NSW’s annual children’s choice awards. The winners of this year’s awards were selected from the Reading & Enjoying Australian Literature (REAL) Awards shortlist, which also acts as a shortlist for the children’s choice awards in the Australian Capital Territory (COOL Awards), Victoria (YABBAs) and the Northern Territory (KROC Awards).
The Dreadful Fluff by Aaron Blabey (Viking)
Noah Dreary by Aaron Blabey (Viking)
A Bus Called Heaven by Bob Graham (Walker Books)
Fiction for younger readers
Billie B Brown: The Best Project by Sally Rippin (Hardie Grant Egmont)
Alice-Miranda in Paris by Jacqueline Harvey (Random House)
The Third Door by Emily Rodda (Omnibus)
Fiction for older readers
The 39-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths, illus by Terry Denton (Pan Macmillan)
Eric Vale, Epic Fail by Michael Gerard Bauer, illus by Joe Bauer (Scholastic)
WeirDo by Anh Do, illus by Jules Faber (Scholastic)
Fiction for years 7-9
Pennies for Hitler by Jackie French (HarperCollins)
My Life as an Alphabet by Barry Jonsberg (A&U)
The Last Thirteen Book 1: 13 by James Phelan (Scholastic).
The KOALA Legend award for 2014 went to author Libby Gleeson.