My 2015 novel, Thirst, has been shortlisted for the Environment Award for Children’s Literature! A huge thank you to my publishers, Scholastic, for believing in this story, and to The Wilderness Society for creating this award (and choosing my novel to be a part of it!) Time for my happy dance.
Thirst has been shortlisted for the Arts South Australia Adelaide Festival Children’s Literature Prize. I am off to Adelaide in a couple of weeks to attend the festivities and the presentation dinner. Thirst is in fine company. Also shortlisted were: Hello From Nowhere by Raewyn Caisley, Crossing by Catherine Norton, Figgy in the World by Tamsin Janu, One Minute’s Silence by David Metzenthen and Michael Camilleri, and Paper Planes by Allayne L. Webster. Judging Criteria: Children’s Literature Award ($15,000) For a published book, fiction or non-fiction aimed at readers up to approximately 11 years. The book must have a substantial literary content.
Great Christmas news for me from the land up near Santa Claus! My novel, Thirst, is now to be published in Sweden, Norway and Finland. I guess adventure stories about kids trying to survive in hot, dry, dusty red deserts are like stories set on Mars for the Scandinavians.
But I get it and love them for it! The stark difference between the dry outback of Australia and the lush Canadian wilderness in Gary Paulssen’s novel series, Hatchet, is what inspired me to write Thirst. We all love to escape to somewhere different from our homes when we read. That’s part of the adventure.
I am so excited to soon be reaching a new audience in a place that is over 15 000 kilometres away. Hello to my future fans at the top of the world!
Thank you to all of my friends and fans in Australia and around the world. I hope you all have a lovely Christmas and a wonderful new year filled with friends, fun and fabulous fiction.
I have just received the most exciting news! Thirst is to be published in Germany! My wonderful publishers – Scholastic – went to the Bologna Book Fair in Italy earlier this year. At this fair, publishers from around the world make appointments with other publishers from around the world and present their best works for sale. German Publishers – Beltz and Gelberg – loved Thirst and are in the process of buying publishing rights from Scholastic.
This is my first international publishing deal so I am jumping up and down and screaming.
I love those Germans and their sense of adventure.
You are invited to the Book Launch of “Thirst”,
Lizzie Wilcock’s sixth novel for young people
When: Saturday, May 30th, from 12 noon until 1:30 pm
Where: Ray’s Outdoor World, Northcott Drive Kotara, NSW
Why: Because this is an awesome book and I have a great program of activities planned for you – my fans.
RSVP: Let me know if you are coming by leaving me a message. This will ensure I have enough goodies for everyone.
Karanda Hooke doesn’t need anybody or anything.
On her way to her sixth foster home, a crash leaves her stranded in the outback with only a backpack, a bottle of water and a faded picture of the mother she hasn’t seen in years.
This is her chance to escape her old life.
There’s only one thing in her way … eight-year-old Solomon.
Thirst is a survival story, set in the Central Australian desert, but it is a survival story with a difference, because my two lead characters, Karanda (14) and Solomon (8), don’t want to be found. They are runaways, trying to escape their future, but also running from their past.
Thirst will be released on May 1st and should be available in book stores and online stores around the country. I am planning to have an official launch in my home city of Newcastle toward the end of the May. I will post details on my blog. I hope you can make it.
I have just returned from the beautiful NSW town of Orange after watching my students compete in the Orange Heat of the Kids’ Lit Quiz. The Kids’ Lit Quiz is an annual literature competition for children aged 10 to 13. It puts readers onto the stage and lets them compete, in teams of four, by answering trivia-type questions about classic and contemporary children’s literature. Australia has only been involved in the competition since 2012, thanks to the fabulous work of Nicole Deans, but Kids’ Lit Quiz has been operating for more than 20 years around the world in countries such as New Zealand, USA, Canada, South Africa, China, South Korea and England.
My two teams answered unique and cleverly worded questions (written by Wayne Mills- the NZ founder of Kids’ Lit Quiz) on topics such as Fish, Body Parts, Cutlery, Myths and Legends and Clothing. As always, it was a fun and entertaining day, and I came away with a full list of books I must read before the next quiz.
So kids, if you love reading, read widely, and you remember details about what you read, ask your teacher or librarian to hold some lunchtime quizzes (past quizzes are available on the Kids’ Lit Quiz website and there are plenty of literature trivia website out there) and sign your school up for next year’s Kids’ Lit Quiz. The heats are currently held in Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane and Ipswich, but the word is spreading and there may be heats closer to you planned for 2016. Check out the website link below. I hope to see more schools involved for next year.