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YABBA-dabba-doo, Fleur’s novel gets another award

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November 03, 2017

SUCCESS: Fleur Ferris with her YABBA award . Photo: submitted

BUNNALOO author Fleur Ferris can now add YABBA winner to her list of achievements.

Fleur won the Young Australians Best Book Awards (YABBA) for year 7-9 fiction for her first published book Risk.

She said winning the YABBA was a great honour.

“The winners of each category are determined by student/reader votes, no adults are allowed to vote,” she said.

“It’s wonderful to think that readers of this age enjoyed Risk.

“When I write a book, my whole focus is on entertaining the reader. Winning this award makes me feel like I might be doing something right.”

Fleur joined fellow winners Andy Griffiths (The 78-Storey Treehouse), Anh Do (WeirDo: Mega Weird) and Andy Lee (Do Not Open This Book) at the awards ceremony held at Hampton Park Secondary College on Tuesday.

“The YABBA award ceremony was a very rowdy and fun-filled event of music and funny illustration activities going on,” Fleur said.

“Representatives from the participating schools were in attendance (prep to year 9). Everyone was very excited.”

YABBA was established in 1985 by a group of Victorians keen to see children engage in reading Australian books.

The awards encourage children to recommend recent Australian published books, read all the recommendations for their peers, rate them against all others and then finally reward that book they feel is best.

Risk, which has won four awards, is also shortlisted for the KOALA (NSW) and CROC (NT) awards which will be announced in coming weeks.

Fleur is now in the process of writing her fourth book.

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