Lisa Fuller wins the 2020 Readings YA Book Prize
The judging panel commented:
Readers looking for late-night scares will devour Ghost Bird. Fuller’s debut probes the deep tears in Australian culture, in its peoples and lands. In the forbidden depths of the mountain lies something powerful and terrifying, something that – when disrespected – will come out of the darkness to eat you alive. This is a book that will get under your skin, in more ways than one.
Judge Amie Kaufman added to this praise: ‘Ghost Bird kept me reading well into the night – with all the lights on! The novel draws you deep into the bonds between sisters, family, and community, and is a fantastic addition to the Australian speculative fiction scene, from a truly talented Murri author. This book is for everyone, and I loved it.’
Fuller also received our 2019-2020 Teen Advisory Board’s ‘seal of approval’. Board member Chenuli Halgamuge says: ‘Lisa Fuller, what a legend. She absolutely delivers with Ghost Bird which has everything you could possibly ask for: action, comedy and a sprinkle of romance. Stacey is not afraid to break the rules and make her own, and I respect her for that.’
In response to the news of her win, Fuller responded generously: ‘There are no words for how honoured I am to win the Readings Young Adult Book Prize. I feel like I’m watching my dreams come true and I’m in complete shock. Thank you so much to Readings, the judges, and all of the amazing shortlisted authors!’
The Readings Young Adult Book Prize was established in 2016 and recognises exciting emerging voices in Australian young adult literature. First and second published works of young adult fiction and memoir are eligible. The Prize is awarded to the best new contribution to Australian young adult literature.