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2023 Davitt Book Awards

Following on from last month’s Children’s Book Award announcements, the winner of the 2023 Davitt Awards for best crime books by Australian women have been announced.

The four novels shortlisted for the Young Adult crime novel award were:

  • Louise Bassett, The Hidden Girl (Walker Books) Debut
  • Sarah Epstein, Night Lights (Fourteen Press)
  • Fleur Ferris, Seven Days (Penguin Random House Australia)
  • Ellie Marney, The Killing Code (Allen & Unwin)

The winning title was Seven Days by Fleur Ferris. Seven Days tells the story of Ben Parker who is caught in the middle of divorced parents, convinced he’s always an afterthought in their lives. When his dad leaves on a business trip Ben feels like he’s been dumped with his country relatives. Dreading the week ahead, Ben sets his timer to count down the seconds until he can get back to the city. But the clock is running down on a century-old mystery and it’s about to take Ben on a dangerous and thrilling adventure. Was Ben’s great grandfather Dr Archibald Parker murdered in cold blood? Are the rumours of buried treasure true? Ben is about to take some risks, face some big ethical questions and stir up a whole lot of trouble.

Seven Days and other books written by Fleur Ferris as well as the other shortlisted books mentioned above, are available in your School Library.

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