August 18th

Stray wins the Children’s Choice Award for Young Adult Fiction.

Category: Awards, Stray, Walker Books Australia

August 8th, 6.30pm at the Circa Theatre in Wellington, I was delighted to hear my name announced at the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults when Stray won the Children’s Choice category for YA. Hoorah! I had about 12 flustered seconds from my seat to the stage to try and think of something charming and gracious to say. I was pink-faced and gabbling and completely chuffed. What an honour. It was a fun night catching up with many friends and familiar faces. New Zealand has a wonderfully supportive community of children’s writers and I am so blessed to be a part of it. The big winner on the night was ANZAC Heroes, written by Maria Gill and illustrated by Marco Ivancic, a gorgeous non-fiction book filled with moving stories, interesting facts and beautiful illustrations.

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Sorry about the blurry pic! But here’s me mid-fluster.

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And I had to celebrate with a Dunken’ Donut at the airport the next day. Plus: my pretty certificate nestled amongst my reading, drinking, feasting.

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Rachael is a member of the New Zealand Society of Authors and you can visit the NZSA at and the Top of the South branch
She is represented by Chris and Barbara Else of TFS Literary Agency. Visit TFS at
Her publisher is Walker Books Australia