Ena Noël Award 2012: IBBY Australia Encouragement Award for Children’s Literature

Omega Park by Amy Barker, published by University of Queensland Press

The judges were unanimous in choosing Amy Barker’s debut novel, the engaging story of two boys growing up in Omega Park, a housing commission estate where lives are impoverished in every sense of the word. For kids like Jacob and Dingo every day is a battle for survival, not made any easier by the fact that this estate is on on the edge of the glitzy and prosperous Gold Coast.

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