Bunbury authors make Book of the Year list

Emily AceSouth Western Times

Not one, but two Bunbury authors are in the running for the 2018 Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Award after standing out among 444 entries to make the prestigious Notable Books list.

Sally Murphy made the list for the fourth time in her career with her latest novel Looking Up, while Bunbury artist Andrew Frazer was honoured for the first time for his illustrations in Drawn Onward, which was written by Meg McKinlay.

Looking Up follows a young boy named Pete who wants a telescope for his birthday, but ends up finding the grandpa he never knew he had.

Dr Murphy said despite being named on this list a number of times, it was something she never got used to.

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“It is always exciting to be recognised and appreciated,” she said.

She was particularly pleased Looking Up had made the list in the Young Readers category.

“It is quite short for the age group and was really my attempt to make the verse novels I’m known for work as prose,” she said.

Drawn Onward is written as a palindrome and it encourages readers to change their view from a glass half empty to a glass half full.

Mr Frazer said he was “stoked” to see the book named in the Picture Book of the Year Category.

“I think in some ways I am riding on Meg McKinlay’s coat tails because she is brilliant,” he said.

“Her words have really moved me, so it is really nice to be a part of that journey together.”

Mr Frazer said he wanted to honour Ms McKinlay’s words and make her message as accessible as possible through his illustrations.

“The lettering was purposefully designed to encourage the reader to slow down and really absorb what is being communicated,” he said.

“I didn't want people to push the ejection button too early as the message written by Meg is so powerful, if we are willing to journey through the pages.”

The shortlist will be announced on March 27, with the winners being named during Book Week in August 2018.

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