The full list of winners of the 2017 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults is:
Margaret Mahy Book of the Year (prize: $7,500) and Russell Clark Award for Illustration (prize: $7,500)
Snark Being a true history of the expedition that discovered the Snark and the Jabberwock . . . and its tragic aftermath illustrated and written (after Lewis Carroll)
by David Elliot
Otago University Press
Picture Book Award: Prize $7,500
That’s Not a Hippopotamus! by Juliette MacIver and illustrated
by Sarah Davis
Esther Glen Award for Junior Fiction: Prize $7,500
My New Zealand Story: Bastion Point
by Tania Roxborogh
Scholastic New Zealand
Copyright Licensing NZ Award for Young Adult Fiction: $7,500
The Severed Land
by Maurice Gee
Penguin Random House (Penguin)
Elsie Locke Award for Non-Fiction: Prize $7,500
Jack and Charlie: Boys of the bush
by Jack Marcotte and Josh James Marcotte
Penguin Random House (Puffin)
Te Kura Pounamu Award for the best book in Te Reo Māori: Prize $7,500
Te Kaihanga Māpere
by Sacha Cotter, translated by Kawata Teepa and illustrated by Josh Morgan
Best First Book Award: Prize $2,000
The Discombobulated Life of Summer Rain
by Julie Lamb
Mākaro Press (Submarine)
More information about the winners, the shortlist and the judges can be found at New Zealand Book Awards Trust.
Image via New Zealand Book Awards Trust
David Elliot is the 2014 winner of the Storylines Margaret Mahy Award. First given in 1991, it recognises lifetime achievement in the genre of children’s writing and illustration.
The Shock of the Fall
Nathan Filer won against more fancied contenders, not least Kate Atkinson, for his debut novel The Shock of the Fall.
Read the full article in The Guardian online.
The Pike, an account of the life of poet Gabriele D’Annunzio
Lucy Hughes-Hallett was named winner of the biography award for The Pike, an account of the life of poet Gabriele D’Annunzio. Last year, she won the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction for the same work.