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The winners of the 2020 Book Awards are ...

Fresh off an online ceremony (which you can watch here!) the results are in and your New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults winners are...

Spread from of Mophead, by Selina Tusitala Marsh

The Margaret Mahy Book of the Year and the Non-Fiction Award: Mophead by Selina Tusitala Marsh

Selina couldn’t have known how timely it was going to be, and it’s such a gorgeous story. She obviously had her worries as a child. And for every worried child there are two worried parents. It’s the perfect storm, the production, the quirkiness, the story, the humour. – Ange Travers, Little Unity

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Mophead By Selina Tusitala Marsh

Published by Auckland University Press

RRP $25.00

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Picture Book Award: Abigail and the Birth of the Sun by Matthew Cunningham & Sarah Wilkins

It has vibrant and painterly illustrations of stars and planets ... The relationship between Abigail and her father is sweet. The book encourages BIG questions which is neat. – Tara Black (in comic form)

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Abigail and the birth of the sun

By Matthew Cunningham

Illustrated by Sarah Wilkins

Published by Puffin NZ

RRP $19.99

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Wright Family Foundation Esther Glen Award for Junior Fiction: Lizard's Tale by Weng Wai Chan

...to find a story with such sparkling writing and characters who leap off the page in an intriguing, fast-paced adventure was very exciting. I absolutely loved clever, brave Lizard and his super talented friend Lili. – Jane Pearson, Text Publishing

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Lizard's Tale

By Weng Wai Chan

Published by Text Publishing

RRP $21.00

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Young Adult Fiction Award:

Aspiring by Damien Wilkins

In writing Aspiring, one of the things I wanted to get at was this kind of moment between two young people. The helplessness and surprise of being overtaken, run over by strong emotion, pulled out of shape by feeling. – Damien Wilkins

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Aspiring By Damien Wilkins Published by Annual Ink

RRP $22.00

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Russell Clark Award for Illustration: The Adventures of Tupaia – illustrated by Mat Tait

The limited colour palette serves as a shortcut towards drama and emotional impact, while the pared-back illustrations are sophisticated, striking, dramatic and, ultimately, incredibly moving. – Book Awards Trust

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The Adventures of Tupaia

By Courtney Sina Meredith

Illustrated by Mat Tait

Published by Allen & Unwin

RRP $35.00

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Wright Family Foundation Te Kura Pounamu Award for Te Reo Māori:

Tio Tiamu by Kuruhau & Laya Mutton-Rogers

He rawe ki ahau tēnei pukapuka, nā te mea he pukapuka pai kia whakaatu atu i te aroha o te tangata ki ngā tāngata katoa, ā, he pai hoki ki ahau nā te mea ko te āhua nei, he pūrākau tūturu tēnei. He pai hoki ki a au nā te mea ahakoa kāore te iwi o Tio Tiamu e pai ana ki a ia, ka ngana tonu ia ki te whakahoahoa atu ki a rātou. – Hineraukura Gabel

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Tio Tiamu

Nā Kurahau

Nā Laya Mutton-Rogers ngā pikitia

Huia Publishing

RRP $25.00

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Best First Book Award:

#Tumeke! by Michael Petherick

A book has the author’s name on the cover, but that’s a lie. It's a team. The editors, the illustrator, the designer are all in on it, and that made it easier. A book is like a village. You have to grow it together. – Michael Petherick

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#Tumeke!

By Michael Petherick

Published by Massey University Press

RRP $30.00

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