Congratulations to Dianne Wolfer and Brian Simmons (illust), whose book Light Horse Boy (Fremantle Press) has been named an Honour Book in the prestigious Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards (Younger Readers Category).
Light Horse Boy tells the story of Jim and Charlie who abandon the Australian outback for the excitement and adventure of the war to end all wars. It is also the story of the hundreds of thousands of horses that went to WWI and the one horse that returned to Australia, alone.
Wolfer said she was already happy to have had two titles shortlisted in this year’s Awards but was over the moon when she discovered Light Horse Boy had subsequently been selected as an Honour Book.
‘The CBCA Awards are celebrated in most school and town libraries across Australia and I’m delighted that being recognised in this way means my book will reach a wider audience,’ said Wolfer.
‘The CBCA is a terrific organisation whose members work tirelessly to celebrate Australian stories,’ said Wolfer.
The Children’s Book Council of Australia presents annual awards to authors whose books have made an exceptional contribution to literature for young Australians.
Light Horse Boy is available from all good bookstores and online. It is also shortlisted for a WA Premier’s Book Award. Dianne Wolfer is best-known for the companion title to this volume: Lighthouse Girl.
To view the complete list of winners and honour books, click here.