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‘Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.’ – Groucho Marx

ABIA Shortlist 2019

The Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) are “a way to say hooray to the successes in making books and being in the book business.” 

Last year, the overall prize for Book of the Year was won by Jessica Townsend for Nevermoor. It was the first time the overall prize had gone to a book written for young people.

Today the 2019 shortlist was announced. The Younger Children Book of the Year Shortlist includes LoveOzMG  book  Lenny’s Book of Everything by Karen Foxlee and the second book in Jessica Townsend’s Nevermoor Series, Wundersmith

The Book of the Year shortlist for Older Children includes some Inky Longlisted books too. Amelia Westlake by Erin Gough and Hive by A.J. Betts. Also on the shortlist are Small Spaces by Sarah Epstein, Jane Doe and the Cradle of all Worlds by Jeremy Lachlan and Catching Teller Crow by Ambelin Kwaymullina and Ezekiel Kwaymullina

To find out more on how the books are selected and past winners, and shortlisted books in other categories, head to the ABIA website.