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The shortlist for this year's Reading & Enjoying Australian Literature (REAL) Awards, which acts as the shortlist for children's choice book award shortlists in the ACT (COOL Awards), NSW (KOALA Awards), NT (KROC Awards) and VIC (YABBAs), has been announced.
Enigma by Graeme Base
The Terrible Plop by Ursula Dubosarsky and Andrew Joyner
Fiction for older readers:
Specky Magee and the Best of Oz by Felice Arena and Garry Lyon
Thai-Riffic! by Oliver Phommovanh
Fiction for years 7-9:
Dancing in the Dark by Robyn Bavati
The Stone Key by Isobelle Carmody
Now by Morris Gleitzman
Girl Underground by Morris Gleitzman
Best First Fiction
The Pericles Commission Gary Corby
Mosquito Creek Robert Engwerda
The Old School PM Newton
Line of Sight David Whish-Wilson
The Ghost Of Waterloo Robin Adair
The Maya Codex Adrian d'Hage
Diggers Rest Hotel Geoff McGeachin
Love and Summer by William Trevor
Bomber County by Daniel Swift
Caravaggio by Andrew Graham Dixon
Reprobates by John Stubbs
A shortlist of six will be announced on 14 June.
The winner will be announced on 6 July at an event at the Royal Institute of British Architects, London.
The Midnight Zoo by Sonya Hartnett
The Life of a Teenage Body-Snatcher by Doug MacLeod
The Piper's Son by Melina Marchetta
The Red Wind by Isobelle Carmody
It's Bedtime, William! by Deborah Niland
The Deep End, by Ursula Dubosarsky, illustrated by Mitch Vane
My Uncle's Donkey by Tohby Riddle
Eve Pownall Award for Information Book
The Return of the Word Spy by Ursula Dubosarsky, illustrated by Tohby Riddle
Wicked Warriors & Evil Emperors: the True Story of the Fight for Ancient China by Allison Lloyd, illustrated by Terry Denton
For the full list of nominees in all categories, and for more information about the awards, see http://cbca.org.au/Shortlist_2011.htm
Penguin Australia, Chief Executive Gabrielle Coyne announced today the promotion of Ben Ball to the position of Publishing Director, Penguin General, a division made up of the imprints Viking, Michael Joseph, Hamish Hamilton and Penguin.
Ball, who was born in Melbourne, held numerous publishing positions in London before joining Penguin in January 2006. As a Director, he will join Children's and Young Adult's Publishing Director Laura Harris and Illustrated Books Publishing Director Julie Gibbs, completing the new commissioning and editorial leadership group across the three distinct Australian publishing divisions.
In the five years he has been at Penguin, Ball has published a broad range of books, working with authors such as Peter Carey, Peter Goldsworthy, Sonya Hartnett, Mathew Hayden, Chloe Hooper, Paul Kelly, Nam Le, Judith Lucy, Steve Toltz, Brenda Walker and Tim Winton.
Ben Ball said 'It's an honour and a delight to help lead this great publishing house. I'm fortunate enough at Penguin to work with wonderful authors and first-class colleagues, so I'm very energized by the prospect of tackling the challenges the industry has ahead of it in such fine company.'
Gabrielle Coyne said 'I'm delighted to have someone of Ben's calibre joining the new leadership group of the publishing division. Ben is a passionate advocate for books and writers. No-one is more serious nor committed to the curatorial role publisher's play, particularly when it comes to ensuring an author's work is enjoyed by as many people as possible in formats old and new.'
With Ben moving into this new role, he, Julie Gibbs and Laura Harris will now assume full responsibility for their Publishing divisions, reporting to Gabrielle Coyne.