Girls in Boy's Cars Wins Griffith University Prize

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 2020-2030: A 10-Year Roadmap for arts, culture and creativity, by elevating First Nations arts, sharing our stories and celebrating our storytellers,” the Minister said.

Judges' comments

"In the ultimate act of rebellion, two teenage girls steal a boyfriend’s car and barrel across an iconically 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 grittily honest look at what girls really want.”


Girls in Boys' Cars

by Felicity Castagna (Pan Macmillan)


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)

For more info on the finalists click here

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