1997 Awards

Winners and Finalists 1997

Book of the Year
The Bantam and the Soldier, Jennifer Beck, illustrated by Robyn Belton (Scholastic Publishers)

Best First Book
Reliable Friendly Girls, Jane Westaway (Longacre Press)

Children's Choice
Mechanical Harry, Bob Kerr (Mallinson Rendel)

Senior Fiction
Sanctuary, Kate De Goldi (Penguin)

Junior Fiction
The Battle of Pook Island, Jack Lasenby (Longacre Press)

Picture Book
The Bantam and the Soldier, Jennifer Beck, illustrated by Robyn Belton (Scholastic Publishers)

Non Fiction
Picture Book Magic, Chris Gaskin, photography by Denis Page (Reed Publishing)

Finalists

  • Sanctuary, Kate De Goldi (Penguin)
  • Secret Sacrament, Sherryl Jordan (Puffin Books)
  • Reliable Friendly Girls, Jane Westaway (Longacre Press)
  • Circles, William Taylor (Penguin Books)
  • The Other Side of Silence, Margaret Mahy (Hamish Hamilton)
  • The Battle of Pook Island, Jack Lasenby (Longacre Press)
  • Cold Comfort, David Hill (Mallinson Rendel)
  • Archway Arrow, Margaret Beames (Scholastic New Zealand)
  • The Robber and the Millionaire, Eirlys Hunter (Scholastic New Zealand)
  • The Memory Tree, Elizabeth Pulford (Scholastic New Zealand)
  • Maui and the Sun: A Maori Tale, Gavin Bishop (Reed Publishing)
  • The Bantam and the Soldier, Jennifer Beck & Robyn Belton (Scholastic Publishers)
  • Nicketty-Nacketty, Noo-noo-noo, Joy Cowley & Tracey Moroney (Scholastic New Zealand)
  • Mechanical Harry, Bob Kerr (Mallinson Rendel)
  • Schitzel Von Krumm Forget-Me-Not, Lynley Dodd (Mallinson Rendel)
  • Picture Book Magic, Chris Gaskin (Reed Publishing)
  • Down-under Dolphins, Stephen Dawson & Elisabeth Slooten (Canterbury University Press)
  • New Zealand's Native Birds of Bush and Countryside, Various Contributors (Penguin Books)
  • I Spy Wildlife: The Rocky Shore, Diana Noonan & Nic Bishop (Heinemann Education)
  • I Spy Wildlife: The Garden, Diana Noonan & Nic Bishop (Heinemann Education)