Bunnaloo author Fleur Ferris can now add YABBA winner to her list of achievements.
Mrs Ferris 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.’’
Mrs Ferris 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 October 31.
‘‘The YABBA award ceremony was a very rowdy and fun-filled event of music and funny illustration activities going on,’’ she 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.
Mrs Ferris is now in the process of writing her fourth book.