ABDA announces YA shortlist for 2015 Australian Book Design Awards


the intern gabrielle tozerThe Australian Book Designers Assocation (ABDA) announced the shortlist for the 2015 Australian Book Design Awards. Nominations for the best designed young adult book are The Intern, Laurinda, The Truth About Alice and Why We Took The Car.

The Intern by Gabrielle Tozer was released by HarperCollins Publishers and designed by Hazel Lam. In The Intern, Josie Browning wants to have a perfect life, but she can’t go through the day without embarassing herself and her family. When she lands an internship at the magazine Sash, she decides to make a grab for an exclusive columnist job, but the competition is fierce, leading to one year Josie will never forget. laurinda alice pungHazel Lam is also nominated for the best Young Designer of the Year.

Laurinda by Alice Pung was published by Black Inc. and designed by Peter Long. Laurinda is an exclusive school where a group of girls call the Cabinet wield power over their classmates and teachers. Scholarship girl Lucy Lam finds herself courted by the Cabinet and must decide who she thinks she is.

The Truth about Alice by Jennifer Mathieu was published by Hardie Grant Egmont and designed by Karl Wwansy. the truth about alice jennifer mathieuIn The Truth About Alice, Alice Franklin has been declared a slut by her classmates – and when Brandon Fitzsimmons dies in a car accident, the rumors get worse. Four Healy High students tell all they think happened, but only one person knows the truth: Alice.

Why We Took The Car by Wolfgang Hernndorf was published by Scribe Publications and designed by Allison Colpoys. Mike Klingenberg doesn’t understand why people don’t like him. Andrew Tschichatschow – known as Tschick – is the new kid in school. When both Mike and Tschick aren’t invited to a party, Tschick shows up at Mike’s house with a plan to go on a crazy roadtrip.

why we took the car wolfgang herrndorfNominations for the overall best designed children’s / young adult series includes Disruption and Corruption by Jessica Shirvington, designed by Matt Stanton and published by HarperCollins Publishers.

The ABDA launched in 2014 as an independent non-profit to support Australian book designers.  The winning books will be announced on May 22nd in Sydney.

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