Sonya Hartnett (Author)
Sonya Hartnett's work has been published around the world. She is the internationally acclaimed author of several novels, including Thursday's Child, winner of the 2002 Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, and Forest, winner of the 2002 Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year: Older Readers. In 2003, her adult novel, Of a Boy, won The Age Book of the Year and was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award.
In 2000 and again in 2003, Sonya Hartnett has been named one of The Sydney Morning Herald Young Novelists of the Year.
In 2004, The Silver Donkey was published to great critical acclaim. It has won the 2005 Brisbane Courier Mail award for young readers and was CBC Book of the Year (Young readers) in 2005.
Surrender was published in 2005. It was shortlisted for The Age Book of the Year Award and the Aurealis Award - Fantasy Division in 2005.
In 2008 Sonya was the recipient of The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. The prize is awarded to authors, illustrators, narrators and/or promoters of reading whose work reflects the spirit of Astrid Lindgren. It is the first time this award has gone to an Australian.
In 2010 Sonya published her debut picture book, The Boy and the Toy which was followed by Come Down, Cat! in 2011.
2010 also saw the publication of The Midnight Zoo, which won the CBC Book of the Year (Older Readers) in 2011 and was nominated for the CILP Carnegie Medal (UK) for Best Children's Book.
Her most recent novel is The Children of the King.