‘A Very Unusual Pursuit’ has been shortlisted for not one, but two major literary awards! It’s on the shortlist for the Children’s Book Council of Australia ‘Book of the Year’ awards, in the ‘Younger Readers’ section, and it’s also been shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards – specifically, for the Patricia Wrightson award for children’s literature. I’m particularly pleased about the Patricia Wrightson award because I’ve always been a huge fan of Patricia Wrightson – one of my favourite books when I was a child happened to be ‘The Nargun and the Stars’. I also met her once many, many years ago and have never forgotten it.
Here is the full shortlist for Children’s Book Council awards.
And here are the shortlists for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards.