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Anzac Heroes wins Book of the Year

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 8/08/2016

A personal history of Anzac heroes with illustrations, maps and fact boxes has taken out this year's Margaret Mahy Book of the Year for children and young adults.

Anzac Heroes, by author Maria Gill and illustrator Marco Ivancic, has been described as collaboration at its best.

It also won the Elsie Locke Award for best non-fiction book at the NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults in Wellington on Monday night.

"Anzac Heroes was impossible to put down. The book brings to life people who risked everything, left everything and lost everything as they participated in World Wars One and Two," judging panel convenor Fiona Mackie said.

"There's carefully chosen material, never overwhelming to the reader, but not skimping on detail either."

MAJOR PRIZE WINNERS:

* Margaret Mahy Book of the Year - Anzac Heroes by Maria Gill

* Elsie Locke Award for Non-Fiction - Anzac Heroes by Maria Gill

* Best First Book - Allis the little tractor by Sophie Siers and Helen Kerridge

* Te Kura Pounamu Award - Whiti te ra! by Patricia Grace

* Picture Book - The Little Kiwi's Matariki written and illustrated by Nikki Slade Robinson

* Esther Glen Award for Junior Fiction - From the Cutting Room of Barney Kettle by Kate De Goldi

* Young Adult Fiction - Battlesaurus: Rampage at Waterloo by Brian Falkner

* Russell Clark Award for Illustration - Much Ado About Shakespeare by Donovan Bixley

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