KYD YA Championship: and the winner is…

by Stephanie Van Schilt , August 21, 201211 Comments

After a month of glorious YA discussion, brilliant championing posts, fun radio spots and nostalgic revisiting of favourites, we have tallied the votes and now have your KYD YA Championship winners!

We’ve been overwhelmed by the amazing response to KYDYAC and in the end it was an incredibly close call, as all eleven titles are champions in their own right.

But without further ado, top three winners of the KYD YA Championship, your favourite local YA book from the last 30 years are:


In third place: Obernewtyn by Isobelle Carmody

Your runner up: Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta

And the winner is: Tomorrow When The War Began by John Marsden

Congratulations to these worthy contenders may be better framed as thanks, for engendering a love of reading in many young bookworms.

And now to the winner of the KYD YA Championship People’s Choice Award. This was a more evenly placed race…

…and all the glory of the KYDYAC People’s Choice crown goes to the wonderful Taronga by Victor Kelleher. 

A notable mention must go to John Marsden’s Checkers and Melina Marchetta’s On The Jellicoe Road, the reigning king and queen of Australian YA fiction again proving their might with the masses.

Huge congratulations to the winners and nominated titles, and a massive thank you to all of our wonderful contributors, as well as you, our readers, who made it all happen. Thanks also to our fabulous sponsors for providing such amazing prize packs – the winners have now been  notified.

  • Daniel Young

    I was really gunning for Space Demons! haha.

    Congrats on organising the challenge, it was fun to follow and brought back lots of good memories.

    • Stephanie Van Schilt

      That’s great to hear, Daniel. Glad you enjoyed KYDYAC!

  • Kate O’D

    Hooray! Well voted, folks!

    It’s been such a great couple of weeks, including some lovely trips down memory lane. I’m rereading all the titles on this list, and more and am more convinced than ever that Australia really led the way in YA, and continues to.

    Thanks KYD, and a Championship well run! xxx

  • Liz

    Cool list – and wonderful reading over the last few days. I am going to go out and spend $$$ on books and eat lentils for the next week or so :-)

  • Estelle Tang

    I have so many YA books on my list to read right now! But I’d actually like to catch up on some new YA, like Lili’s books and Cath Crowley’s books. I can’t wait.

  • lisa dempster

    What a remarkable top three. And a fabulous championship – well done, KYD!

  • Judith Ridge

    I am THRILLED that On the Jellicoe Road was a runner-up in the People’s Choice! I always thought that was Melina’s most under-rated–and arguably best–book. So glad that so many readers agree!

  • kbryna

    I LOVE Jellicoe Road. I love all of Marchetta’s books, but Jellicoe Road is extra special.

    I have been completely depressed and dismayed to learn that my public library doesn’t carry as much australian YA as I want, and – jawdroppingly – doesn’t have *Tomorrow when the war began.* [I’ve always heard about this book so I am actually shocked it isn’t in the library system]. No Deadly, Unna? either :( I’ve been having a small but intense crush on Australian YA for over a year now, and i’m sad that my library is failing me so spectacularly. I’ll add all these titles to my list of books to buy when I can afford to buy books.

  • Julia T

    Hey KBryna, you should definitely ask your library to order those books in ! Usually they will, if the books are in print. I’m super suprised that the library doesn’t have those books – especially since Deadly, Unna? is on many school book lists! My library too has a disntict lack of some key YA titles, but I will be asking if they’d mind buying them :)

    Also – congrats to TWTWB! I voted for it – I had a crush on Homer for years.


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