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Youth Australia Best Books Awards 2017

On Tuesday 31st October, 30 FCCC students, James McGhie, Head of Teaching and Learning Junior School, with Mrs Karyn Bishop, Library staff member, attended the Youth Australia Best Books Awards 2017.
Flinders Christian Community College book club students from Grade 5 – Year 8 enjoyed the 2017 YABBA Awards held at Hampton Park Secondary School. During the awards ceremony some students were chosen to approach a display board easel and start a drawing, three well known illustrators including Adam Wallace and Terry Denton then finished the drawing. Students also presented questions to well-known Australian Authors, Tim Harris, Meredith Costain, Andy Griffith, George Ivanoff just to name a few.
Awards were given in 4 categories, Picture Story Book, Fiction for young readers, Fiction for older readers and Fiction for years 7-8. Yabba is a voice for students in Victoria, N.S.W., Tasmania and Northern Territory. The students have the opportunity through schools to express what they like or dislike in literature. This is achieved by giving students the opportunity to nominate Australian books no older than 10 years since publishing earlier on in the year.
FCCC students in Term 2 book club sessions nominated books they hoped would be given recognition. Yabba compiles the nominations and selects a shortlist for the 4 categories by voluntary Yabba Council members. Students are then given the opportunity to read these shortlisted books and vote for their favourite one in Term 3.
Students enjoyed the announcement of the 4 winners who were, ‘Do not open this book’ by Andy Lee, ‘Weirdo 7 Mega Weird’ by Anh Do, ‘The 78 Storey Treehouse’ by Andy Griffiths and ‘Risk’ by Fleur Ferris’.
Students enjoyed interacting with Authors after the ceremony asking them questions and collecting autographs. There was such a buzz as 500 students from different schools joined lines to meet their favourite Authors and converse.
Mrs Karyn Bishop.