Raw by Scott Monk

Brett Dalton is a tough guy – hardened, angry, uncaring and always ready to use his fists. When the world hates you, you might as well hate it back… But when Brett is busted by the cops for stealing and sent to The Farm for rehabilitation, there are no fences to keep him in and anger gets in his way – but so does love. Brett’s trapped in a grave new world, a world where he’s not hardened at all; he’s raw.

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly – Stephanie Oakes

Secret Lives of Minnow BlyThe Kevinian cult has taken everything from seventeen-year-old Minnow: twelve years of her life, her family, her ability to trust.

And when she rebelled, they took away her hands, too.

Now their Prophet has been murdered and their camp set aflame, and it’s clear that Minnow knows something—but she’s not talking. As she languishes in juvenile detention, she struggles to un-learn everything she has been taught to believe, adjusting to a life behind bars and recounting the events that led up to her incarceration. But when an FBI detective approaches her about making a deal, Minnow sees she can have the freedom she always dreamed of—if she’s willing to part with the terrible secrets of her past.

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly is a hard-hitting and hopeful story about the dangers of blind faith—and the power of having faith in oneself.

Stephanie Oakes’s website, blog, and Tumblr.

2010 Book of the Year Announced

Older Readers Category


Jarvis 24 by David Metzenthen

Honour Books

The Winds of Heaven by Judith Clarke
A small free kiss in the dark by Glenda Millard

Shortlisted books

Stolen by Lucy Christopher
Liar by Justine Larbalestier
Loving Richard Feynman by Penny Tangey

What do you think? Did the judges get it right?