Boy was this a hard task but the heart chooses,what the heart chooses…
Pick of 2011:
All I Ever Wanted by Vikki Wakefield (Text Publishing)
Wakefield’s lovely debut meshes a beautiful turn of phrase with an exploration of bogan populated suburbia. Unexpected, heartfelt with a spiky narrative that finds the vulnerability in a cast of characters that look foreboding to outsiders. Not just popular with adults, Wakefield’s work was one of the favourites of the Inky teen judging panel this year.
Most anticipated for 2012:
The Wrong Boy by Suzy Zail (Walker)
Australian author Suzy Zail enters the youth literature arena with a book detailing a young Jewish girl’s time at Auschwitz. Commandeered to act as the camp commander’s personal pianist, she may fall for his son.