We at JdM are so very proud of Biffy James, whose debut #LoveOzYA from Hardie Grant has been recognised in the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Awards, as a 2023 Older Readers Honour Book!
And here is what the judge’s had to say;
“An authentic, sensitive story of love and grief in all types of relationships, and the power of true friendship. This story feels utterly real in so many ways, whether it’s the cavalier and off-the-cuff humour in the face of despair, or the genuine friendship and family interactions in their swings and roundabouts. The conceit of the situation is unusual but authentically explored, and the characters are presented through their thoughts and actions, not coarse language or extreme behaviours – they are all very normal and believable. The inclusion of social media as a plot element provides a realistic atmosphere without overshadowing the main themes. The positive representation of counseling for not just major issues but just general “life” is extremely valuable, and not something often seen in young adult fiction. It was gratifying to see characters come to understand how the behaviour of themselves and others has an impact, even in the face of such strong emotions (which are never dismissed).”
Congratulations to Biffy James, publisher Marisa Pintado, and agent Danielle Binks on this well-earned recognition of a truly spectacle Young Adult novel!