1994 Award Prize for Older Readers
Fracture Zoneby Jonathan Harlen
This book describes a family in Sydney, suspended between their life as affluent landowners in Latvia before the Second World War and life in present day Australia. Andrejs’ extended family opt finally for accepting that Australia is really their home now. Against the backdrop of the family’s crisis of decision, Andrejs finds himself, against his mother’s wishes, championing an old woman who is in danger of losing her home.
Skating on Sandby Libby Gleeson, illustrated by Ann James
This book portrays a mother and father who obviously enjoy each other’s company. These parents are very patient with young Hannah, who insists that she is going to learn to skate while the family is on their camping holiday.
The Girl with No Nameby Pat Lowe
We see the encounter of a white boy and an aboriginal family in Western Australia. The young hero is impressed by the way the aboriginal family values kin, cooperates, practices their traditional ways and does not think that the acquiring of material possessions is the most important goal in life.
Somewhere Around the Cornerby Jackie French
Angus & Robertson
Set largely in the Depression, the narrative’s young heroine learns how supportive life in a large family can be. She helps her adoptive family to take successful initiatives and survive in the difficult times.