Magic Lessons shortlisted!

Magic Lessons has just had its very first Australian award shortlisting—it’s up for an Aurealis. I’m dead excited! And Scott’s The Last Days is nom’d too. Woo hoo!

Here’s the full list Young Adult shortlist:

Monster Blood Tattoo: Book One. Foundling. D.M. Cornish (Omnibus)

The King’s Fool. Amanda Holohan (ABC Books)

Magic Lessons. Justine Larbalestier (Penguin)

Wildwood Dancing. Juliet Marillier (Pan Macmillan)

The Last Days. Scott Westerfeld (Penguin)

The rumours I’m hearing are that Monster Blood is going to take it. And why not? Great title. Plus it’s illustrated! Why don’t my books have pretty pictures? Not fair!

Many fine writers are shortlisted in other categories such as Deborah Biancotti, Grace Dugan, Margo Lanagan, Lucy Sussex, Anna Tambour, and Sean Williams. Damn my country is full of talent!


  1. Chance on #

    Congratulations! and good luck!

  2. klages on #

    And you do know that Magic or Madness is one of only three books to have qualified to be on the Norton Award ballot, yes? (Of course the other two qualifiers are by a certain Mr. Westerfeld, which may make what to root for a bit of a conundrum…)

  3. Karen Miller on #

    Huge congrats to you and Scott! Fingers crossed you both get a gong.

  4. Rebecca on #

    woohoo!! hurray! 😀

  5. marrije on #

    Congratulations, both of you!

  6. Penni on #

    Oh hooray!! Congratulations to you and Scott. Are you going? Last time I went to the Aurealis you were sitting in front of me and I was eight weeks pregnant with Una and feeling seasick.
    And thanks for the link littlewillow – Undine (my novel) is on that list too 🙂

  7. Justine on #

    Thanks everybody! Very chuffing being on the shortlist.

    Littlewillow: I did see that, thanks! Very gratifying.

    Klages: People have told me that, but I confess that the whole nebula/norton award procedures leaves me mystified. I’m not at all sure what it means.

    Penni: I wish I’d known. We could have, you know, met . . .

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  9. Maggie on #

    Oh that’s *so* exciting! Congratulations!!! 😀

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