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Award Winning Books

Ford Street Publishing - Winners and Shortlisted Books

Ford Street Publishing seeks to maintain our excellence as a publisher of high quality books for children and young adults. Below you will find a list of our books that have been shortlisted for, or won various Australian book publishing awards.

Alyzon Whitestarr

Alyzon Whitestarr

By Isobelle Carmody

After a freak accident, Alyzon Whitestarr hears and sees and smells things no one else can detect. She begins to smell something truly terrible; a sickness of the spirit infecting some people, leading them to..

Crossing the Line

Crossing the Line

By Dianne Bates

Abandoned by long-term foster carers, teenager Sophie lives with Amy and Matt. For a long time and unknown to others, Sophie has been self-mutilating: more recently she has been in therapy.

Game Over!

Game Over!

By George Ivanoff

Tark and Zyra finally make it out into the real world ... but things are not quite what they expected. When Zyra is captured by the Designers, Tark finds himself among a group of teenage..

Gamers’ Quest

Gamers’ Quest

By George Ivanoff

Tark and Zyra are teenage thieves on a quest. In a world of magic and science, where dragons and mages exist alongside drones and lasers, they endeavour to reach the haven of Designers’ Paradise.

Gamers’ Rebellion

Gamers’ Rebellion

By George Ivanoff

Tark and Zyra finally make it out into the real world ... but things are not quite what they expected. When Zyra is captured by the Designers, Tark finds himself among a group of teenage..

Grace’s Mystery Seed

Grace’s Mystery Seed

By Juliet M. Sampson & Karen Erasmus

‘Polly likes these stripy seeds,’ Grace said. ‘What are they from?’ ‘Let’s find out,’ said Mrs Marino. Grace and her neighbour plant a mystery seed. They wait and wait for ages. Then a little green..

Greylands

Greylands

By Isobelle Carmody

One wakeful night in the aftermath of his mother’s death, Jack enters a land devoid of colour or scent. Here he meets the tragic laughing beast and Alice, a strange girl with a secret. Will..

I NEED a Parrot

I NEED a Parrot

By Chris McKimmie

But what does a parrot need? A book about wanting and needing; what a child wants and what a wild bird needs.

Jasper Juggles Jellyfish

Jasper Juggles Jellyfish

By Ben Long & David Cornish

An octopus called Jasper gives up on learning the basics at school to pursue something he thinks will be more fun. He soon finds that even fun things can be difficult to learn. But luckily,..

Little Fur

Little Fur

By Isobelle Carmody

Little Fur is an elf troll who lives peacefully as a healer of small creatures in a grove of magical trees.

MoonFish

MoonFish

By Harry Laing

MoonFish is Harry Laing’s sparky new collection of poems featuring eye-catching and fresh art by some of Australia’s best known illustrators including Shaun Tan, Leigh Hobbs, Judy Watson, Marjory Gardner, Mitch Vane and Anna Pignataro. Children..

My Dog Socks

My Dog Socks

By Robyn Osborne & Sadami Konchi

Join Socks in his secret world, where imagination rules and the everyday becomes extraordinary. While most people think Socks is just an ordinary dog, through a child’s eyes he becomes an enchanted character of many..

My Private Pectus

My Private Pectus

By Shane Thamm

A story about footy, cars and a young man who discovers that revealing his greatest secret is the only way to hold on to the people he loves.

Paper Cranes Don’t Fly

Paper Cranes Don’t Fly

By Peter Vu

For Adam Auttenberg, hospital is like a second home. With Tess, AJ and Rachael by his side, it’s even bearable. Facing the toughest challenge of his life, all Adam has to help him are his..

Pool

Pool

By Justin D’Ath

When Wolfgang Mulqueen takes a summer job at the pool, he meets Audrey, a blind girl who claims she's nocturnal. With the discovery of a butterfly unknown to science, and an unusual request from Audrey's..

Rich & Rare

Rich & Rare

Edited By Paul Collins

Welcome to a world of 'beauty rich and rare', a world of natural (and unnatural) gifts on every page - from humour to horror, thriller to fantasy – encompassing the past, the present and the..

Scatterlings

Scatterlings

By Isobelle Carmody

Merlin has no memory aside from a name whispered to her by one of the strange voices in her mind, and the knowledge that she is being hunted. She is determined to learn what happened..

Super Nova

Super Nova

By Krys Saclier & Rebecca Timmis

Nova’s brother thinks she gets away with too much, until he finds out what she’s really planning. And it’s out of this world. Will he keep her secret? Super Nova tells the story of the most..

The Dingle Dangle Jungle

The Dingle Dangle Jungle

By Mark Carthew & David Atze

In the Amazonian jungle, you’ll find monkeys, rats and shrews . . . pumas, sloths and marmosets. Which ones would you choose? Come along on a rollicking romp through the jungle.

The Glasshouse

The Glasshouse

By Paul Collins & Jo Thompson

Clara lives in her balanced world where everything is perfect. But then one day a boy walks into her life and slowly Clara realises that her world is not perfect, and she must make allowances..

The Monster Who Ate Australia

The Monster Who Ate Australia

By Michael Salmon

Meet Burra the boggabri. During his travels around the countryside, Burra meets – and eats! – many famous Australian icons, creating havoc wherever he goes.

The Things We Can’t Undo

The Things We Can’t Undo

By Gabrielle Reid

Samantha and Dylan are in love so it’s nothing to be worried about when they leave Saturday night’s party in favour of a quiet bedroom. Right? When malicious rumours spread throughout their school Dylan discover..

Trust Me Too

Trust Me Too

Edited By Paul Collins

Trust Me Too delivers a wonderful diversity of writing and art. It contains a host of short stories, along with heartfelt and witty verse, and delightful yet thought-provoking illustrations.