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YA Fiction Winner Girls in Boy's Cars

At the Queensland Literary Awards this week, Felicity Castagna was awarded the Griffith University, Young Adult Book Prize for her work Girls in Boys’ Cars (Pan Macmillan). The Queensland Literary Awards paid special tribute to writers of all levels of achievement, and diversity.



These awards deliver on the priorities of Creative Together a 10-Year Roadmap for arts, culture and creativity. By elevating First Nations arts, sharing our stories and celebrating our storytellers - said the Minister

This is not the first State Premier Literary win for Girls in Boys' Cars, the young adult book has travelled across the country with a string of awards and nominations including:

  • Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Prize for Writing for Young Adults Winner

  • NSW Premier's Literary Awards Ethel Turner Prize Shortlist

  • CBCA Book of the Year for Older Readers Honour Book

  • Queensland Literary Awards Young Adult Book Winner




Judges' comments

"In the ultimate act of rebellion, two teenage girls steal a boyfriend’s car and barrel across an iconic contemporary Australian landscape, learning how to drive and how to write their own stories as they go. The writer’s lyrical prose, the protagonist’s authentic voice, and the novel’s complex metaphorical structure give us a gritty honest look at what girls really want.”

Felicity Castagna's first novel for Young Adults, The Incredible Here and Now, received the Prime Minister's Award for Literature, was named the IBBY Honour Book for Australia and was a finalist for the CBCA Book of the Year for Older Readers. Her second book, No More Boats, was a finalist in the Miles Franklin Award and published internationally.


Felicity has written for the stage and radio and her essays frequently appear in magazines and journals. She also loves creating cross-artform and collaborative work with other artists and has helped to make a lot of wild big things for many major festivals, art galleries and outdoor spaces. Outside of writing she teaches writing, talks about writing and helps to run a lot of storytelling, mentorship and art projects.




Girls in Boys' Cars (Paperback)

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Congratulations to the finalists

Katipo Joe: Wolf’s Lair by Brian Falkner (Scholastic)

Morrison and Mr Moore by Michael Hyde (In Case of Emergency Press)

Social Queue by Kay Kerr (Text Publishing)

Sugar by Carly Nugent (Text Publishing)


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